Ugetsu monogatari (1953)
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A true gem of cinema. Masterful actings. Concrete story with great depth that leaves plenty of room for analysis and discussions.
I love Japanese cinema and I found the movie to be interesting, but unfortunatly overrated, especially compared to Kurosawa pictures from the same period. It looks pretty and the acting is good, but the plot unfolds too slowly and sprawls in too many directions, so it lost my interest after some time. However, the ending is very strong and I recommend watching it for the ending alone, but the first hour kind of dragged a bit in my opinion.
They should really fix all these ugly posters and DVD covers. Just as this one, doesn't do the movie justice at all.
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This movie ranks #16 in Cahiers du cinéma 100
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This movie ranks #28 in Kinema Junpo Top Japanese Films
This movie ranks #46 in They Shoot Pictures, Don't They?
This movie ranks #56 in Sight and Sound 2012 - Combined List
This movie ranks #84 in Masters Of Cinema
This movie ranks #90 in Asian Cinema: A Field Guide
This movie ranks #122 in Harvard University's Suggested Film Viewing List: Narrative Films (2012)
This movie ranks #155 in Fantasy Cinema: Impossible Worlds on Screen
This movie ranks #195 in The Story of Film: An Odyssey
This movie ranks #245 in Roger Ebert: the great movies
This movie ranks #258 in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
This movie ranks #274 in Halliwell's Top 1000: The Ultimate Movie Countdown
This movie ranks #331 in The Criterion Collection
This movie ranks #360 in Jonathan Rosenbaum's Essential Films
This movie ranks #466 in Have You Seen? A Personal Introduction to 1,000 Films
This movie ranks #501 in Cahiers du cinéma - Yearly top 10s
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This movie ranks #931 in NY Times' The Essential 1,000 Films to See
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