Ugetsu Monogatari / Oyu-Sama

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Kenji Mizoguchi

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    Actors: Kinuyo Tanaka, Nobuko Otowa, Masayuki Mori, Machiko Kyo
    Director: Kenji Mizoguchi
    Format: Black & White, PAL
    Language: Japanese
    Subtitles: English
    Region: Region 2 (UK & Europe)
    Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
    Number of discs: 2
    Classification: PG

    Studio: Eureka Entertainment LTD
    DVD Release Date: 21 April 2008
    Run Time: 191 minutes

    Barcode: 5060000500318


Kenji Mizoguchi, 1951

Another literary adaptation this time of a story by one of Japan’s modern literary masters, novelist Tanizaki Jun’ichiro Mizoguchi’s Oyu-sama [Miss Oyu] is a poignant and contemplative tale of two sisters and their ill-fated relationship with the same man. At the core is Mizoguchi-regular Tanaka Kinuyo (who also stars in Ugetsu Monogatari) as the eponymous Oyu, the older sister who allows marital customs to dictate the lives of those caught up in this complex love triangle.

Continuing the director’s fascination with the relationship between affairs of the heart and the social mores that shape and sometimes destroy them, Mizoguchi transforms his subject matter into the realm of the transcendental through the use of long, mobile shots an approach that reaches its apotheosis in a take of almost six minutes infused with humanity and emotion.

The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present Mizoguchi’s films for the first time on home video in the UK Oyu-sama is only available as a twinpack with Ugetsu Monogatari

Ugetsu Monogatari

Kenji Mizoguchi, 1953

Mizoguchi’s Ugetsu Monogatari [Tales of the Rain and Moon] is a highly acclaimed masterwork of Japanese cinema. Based on a pair of 18th century ghost stories by Ueda Akinari, the film’s release continued Mizoguchi’s introduction to the West, where it was nominated for an Oscar (for Best Costume Design) and won the the Venice Film Festival Silver Lion award (for Best Direction).

In 16th century Japan, amidst the pandemonium of civil war, potter Genjuro (Mori Masayuki) and samurai-aspirant Tobei (Ozawa Sakae) set out with their wives in search of wealth and military glory, respectively. Two parallel tales ensue when the men are lured from their wives: Genjuro by the ghostly charm of Lady Wakasa (Kyo Machiko); Tobei by the dream of military glory.

Famed for its meticulously orchestrated long takes and its subtle blending of realistic period reconstruction and lyrical supernaturalism, Ugetsu Monogatari is an intensely poetic tragedy that consistently features on polls of the best films ever made.

The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present Mizoguchi’s films for the first time on home video in the UK Ugetsu Monogatari is only available as a twinpack with Oyu-sama.

  • 2 x disc special edition containing new transfers of both Oyu-sama and Ugetsu Monogatari.
  • New and improved English subtitles.
  • Video discussions about both Ugetsu Monogatari and Oyu-sama by acclaimed Japanese film expert/critic, festival programmer, and filmmaker Tony Rayns.
  • Original theatrical trailers.
  • 64-page booklet featuring writing by Keiko I. McDonald (author of Mizoguchi and editor of Ugetsu) and award-winning translations of Ueda Akinari’s The Reed-Choked House and A Serpent’s Lust, tales adapted by Mizoguchi in Ugetsu Monogatari.

    Japan | 191 min.
    1.33:1 OAR
    black & white

Price: Sold Out

Just sold out of the last copy as of January 2020. This is becoming harder and harder to find though it still retains a small but loyal cult following. Marketplace sellers via amazon have them from time to time and sometimes at a half decent price. You can get to their pages with the links below.


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