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Rampaging soldiers from the army that just lost the war force the two brothers and their family to flee. After the soldiers move on Genjuro returns to his home and is delighted to find that his pottery is intact. They set out across the lake to Nakanogo to sell Genjuro's wares, believing that route to be safer than overland with soldiers on the loose, but on the way they find a dying man in a boat who warns them of pirates, before he croaks. Genjuro returns Miyaki and Genichi to shore despite her objections, and the brothers then push on across the lake with Ohama. This decision eventually leads to disaster for both couples, but not before Tobei gets a chance to act on his samurai dreams, and not before Genjuro meets a strange, bewitchingly beautiful noblewoman, Lady Wakasa.

''Ugetsu'' came out in the same year as Creator/AkiraKurosawa film ''Film/{{Rashomon}}'', and the two films together introduced the Western world to Japanese cinema. It was a good year for Creator/MachikoKyo, who starred in both films, as the wife in ''Rashomon'' and as Lady Wakasa in ''Ugetsu''.

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Rampaging soldiers from the army that just lost the war force the two brothers and their family to flee. After the soldiers move on Genjuro returns to his home and is delighted to find that his pottery is intact. They set out across the lake to Nakanogo to sell Genjuro's wares, believing that route to be safer than overland with soldiers on the loose, but on the way they find a dying man in a boat who warns them of pirates, before he croaks. Genjuro returns Miyaki and Genichi to shore despite her objections, and the brothers then push on across the lake with Ohama. This decision eventually leads to disaster for both couples, but not before Tobei gets a chance to act on his samurai dreams, and not before Genjuro meets a strange, bewitchingly beautiful noblewoman, Lady Wakasa.

''Ugetsu'' came out in the same year as Creator/AkiraKurosawa film ''Film/{{Rashomon}}'', and the two films together introduced the Western world to Japanese cinema. It was a good year for Creator/MachikoKyo, who starred in both films, as the wife in ''Rashomon'' and as Lady
Wakasa in ''Ugetsu''.
(Creator/MachikoKyo).


''Ugetsu'' came out in the same year as Creator/AkiraKurosawa film ''Film/{{Rashomon}}'', and the two films together introduced the Western world to Japanese cinema. It was a good year for Machiko Kyo, who starred in both films, as the wife in ''Rashomon'' and as Lady Wakasa in ''Ugetsu''.

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''Ugetsu'' came out in the same year as Creator/AkiraKurosawa film ''Film/{{Rashomon}}'', and the two films together introduced the Western world to Japanese cinema. It was a good year for Machiko Kyo, Creator/MachikoKyo, who starred in both films, as the wife in ''Rashomon'' and as Lady Wakasa in ''Ugetsu''.

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''Ugetsu'' is a 1953 film from UsefulNotes/{{Japan}}, directed by Creator/KenjiMizoguchi.

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''Ugetsu'' ''Ugetsu'', aka ''Ugetsu Monogatari'', is a 1953 film from UsefulNotes/{{Japan}}, directed by Creator/KenjiMizoguchi.


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* BittersweetEnding: Miyaki is dead, but Genjuro has gone back to his pottery and raising his son, while Tobei leaves the samurai life behind and brings his wife home. The original script had a more DownerEnding in which Tobei leaves his wife in prostitution and goes off to enjoy the life of a samurai, but ExecutiveMeddling led to a happier resolution for that subplot.


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* TheFilmOfTheBook: Based on two stories from the book ''Ugetsu Monogatari'': "The Lust of the White Serpent" (a demon seduces a man), and "The House in the Thicket" (a man comes home to find the ghost of his wife).


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* UntranslatedTitle: "Ugetsu Monogatari" translates out to "Rain-Moon Story".

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* AlmostDeadGuy: Genjuro and his family are crossing the lake when they see a drifting boat. It contains a grievously wounded man who warns them that there are pirates on the lake. He then dies.
* BetterToDieThanBeKilled: A defeated general has his underling lop off his head. Tobei stumbles onto this scene, kills the underling, and makes off with the head.
* BlatantLies: Tobei does a lot of bullshitting about how to become a samurai, when in truth he became a samurai by stealing a severed head.


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--> '''Genjuro''': I never knew such pleasure existed!
* CuteGhostGirl: Lady Wakasa turns out to be more of a "scorching hot ghost girl."


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* DecapitationPresentation: Tobei steals the head of the dead general, makes his way to the court of the victorious general, presents the head, and demands to be made a samurai for killing the enemy leader. No one believes him, but they make him a samurai anyway.


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* EpicTrackingShot: Mizoguchi is known for them, and there are several here, notably the opening scene where the camera goes swooping across the countryside to find Genjuro and Tobei at work.


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* OminousFog: The waters of the lake are still, but bound thickly with fog as Genjuro and his party cross. Soon they find the dying guy in the boat.


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* SexyDiscretionShot: In one of the more famous shots in the film, Lady Wakasa takes her clothes off (offscreen, but we see the clothes on the ground) and gets in a natural pool to make love to Genjuro. The camera then pans away to a trickle of water running away from the pool--and finds the two of them having a picnic in a meadow.
* WarIsHell: A running theme, and typical of Japanese cinema just eight years after UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. Rampaging soldiers bring devastation to Genjuro's village. They rape Ohama and kill Miyaki.


* DeadAllAlong: It's actually not all that surprising when the rather spooky, slightly UncannyValley-ish Lady Wakasa is revealed to be a ghost. It's much sadder when Genjuro wakes up the morning after coming home to Miyaki, and finds out that she is a ghost as well.



* {{Greed}}: Miyagi notes that she cares about Genjuro's attention more than the finery he buys her when his pottery sells. Later she says that his workaholic behavior is driving them apart.

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* EasilyForgiven: Played with. It seems like Miyaki is awfully welcoming to Genjuro after he comes home, what with his long disappearance and her suffering. Then the morning reveals the situation to be completely different.
* {{Greed}}: Miyagi Miyaki notes that she cares about Genjuro's attention more than the finery he buys her when his pottery sells. Later she says that his workaholic behavior is driving them apart.apart.
* HopeSpot: Miyaki is stabbed in the back by a soldier turned bandit, and collapses. The narrative leaves her behind for quite a while, until Genjuro comes home to find Miyaki, who welcomes him back with open arms. It seems as if they're happily reunited, until the next morning, when Genjuro finds out that Miyaki is dead and he saw a ghost.

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''Ugetsu'' is a 1953 film from UsefulNotes/{{Japan}}, directed by Creator/KenjiMizoguchi.

Genjuro and Tobei are neighbors and brothers living outside the town of Nakanogo in early 16th century Japan, "a time of civil war". They are both farmers, but Genjuro also has a pottery business that his brother assists him with. Genjuro has the standard dreams of a peasant, to be richer and more successful, while Tobei has ambitions to become a samurai. Genjuro's wife Miyagi fears that his greed will bring harm to them and their son Genichi, while Tobei's wife Ohama finds his samurai dreams ridiculous.

Rampaging soldiers from the army that just lost the war force the two brothers and their family to flee. After the soldiers move on Genjuro returns to his home and is delighted to find that his pottery is intact. They set out across the lake to Nakanogo to sell Genjuro's wares, believing that route to be safer than overland with soldiers on the loose, but on the way they find a dying man in a boat who warns them of pirates, before he croaks. Genjuro returns Miyaki and Genichi to shore despite her objections, and the brothers then push on across the lake with Ohama. This decision eventually leads to disaster for both couples, but not before Tobei gets a chance to act on his samurai dreams, and not before Genjuro meets a strange, bewitchingly beautiful noblewoman, Lady Wakasa.

''Ugetsu'' came out in the same year as Creator/AkiraKurosawa film ''Film/{{Rashomon}}'', and the two films together introduced the Western world to Japanese cinema. It was a good year for Machiko Kyo, who starred in both films, as the wife in ''Rashomon'' and as Lady Wakasa in ''Ugetsu''.

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* BoyMeetsGhoul: Genjuro's lover, Lady Wakasa, turns out to be a ghost seeking the love that she never found in her short mortal life.
* DefiledForever: How Ohama feels about herself after she's raped. She becomes a prostitute.
--> '''Ohama''': I'm a defiled woman, and you're to blame!
* DoubleStandardRapeDivineOnMortal: It's actually ambiguous whether Lady Wakasa simply seduced Genjuro by being really sexy, or if she used supernatural powers to bewitch him. But if she bewitched him, then basically you have a ghost raping a mortal, and it's portrayed as tragic rather than evil.
* {{Greed}}: Miyagi notes that she cares about Genjuro's attention more than the finery he buys her when his pottery sells. Later she says that his workaholic behavior is driving them apart.
* JidaiGeki: Specifically, the UsefulNotes/SengokuPeriod, which was in fact a time when Japan was riven by warfare.
* ProtectiveCharm: A Buddhist priest tells Genjuro that Lady Wakasa is actually a ghost, and then scrawls some Buddhist prayers on Genjuro to keep her away from him. Sure enough, when Lady Wakasa sees the characters drawn on his back, she recoils.
* RapeDiscretionShot: As the soldiers throw Ohama down and gag her, the camera pans away to her shoes, still lying in the dirt where the soldiers first jumped her.
* WomanInWhite: Part of Lady Wakasa's beautiful but unsettling look is the all-white dress and hat she's wearing when she first meets Genjuro.

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