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“Quite simply one of the greatest of filmmakers,” said Jean-Luc Godard of Kenji Mizoguchi. And Ugetsu, a ghost story like no other, is surely the Japanese director’s supreme achievement. Derived from stories by Akinari Ueda and Guy de Maupassant, this haunting tale of love and loss—with its exquisite blending of the otherworldly and the real—is one of the most beautiful films ever made.

Special Features


New, restored high-definition digital transfer

Audio commentary by filmmaker, critic, and festival programmer Tony Rayns

Kenji Mizoguchi: The Life of a Film Director (1975), a comprehensive, 150-minute documentary by filmmaker Kaneto Shindo, with new and improved subtitles

Two Worlds Intertwined, a new, 14-minute appreciation of Ugetsu by director Masahiro Shinoda

Process and Production, a new, 20-minute video interview with Tokuzo Tanaka, first assistant director on Ugetsu

Ten-minute video interview with cinematographer Kazuo Miyagawa, from 1992

Theatrical trailers

New and improved English subtitle translation

A 72-page book featuring film critic Phillip Lopate and three short stories that influenced Mizoguchi in making the film

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