DIRECTOR: KENJI MIZOGUCHI
CAST: MACHIKO KYô, MITSUKO MITO, KINUYO TANAKA, MASAYUKI MORI
Kyō is quite literally out of this world—that is, belonging to the realm of the spirits—in Mizoguchi’s adaptation of the 18th century ghost stories of Ueda Akinari. In war-torn feudal Japan, a potter defies his wife’s wishes and takes his wares to market, in so doing bringing grief upon them both, and leading him to take shelter finally with Kyō’s noble Lady Wakasa, who isn’t exactly what she seems. A tragic tale of male ego run amok and female wrath from the beyond told through chilling and unforgettable images, it’s both a superb introduction to Mizoguchi and a film that can withstand innumerable rewatchings.
Ugetsu is screening in Machiko Kyō