Film Series: Runs & Limited Engagements



1953, Kenji Mizoguchi, Japan, 96 min. With Machiko Kyô, Kinuyo Tanaka.

Show Times

  • Fri, Apr 28th 6:00pm
  • Sat, Apr 29th 3:00pm
  • Sun, Apr 30th 1:30pm
  • Sun, Apr 30th 5:30pm
  • Mon, May 1st 6:00pm
  • Wed, May 3rd 6:00pm
New 4K restoration!

"One of the greatest of all films." — Roger Ebert

"One of the great experiences of cinema." — Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader

"This is one of world cinema's greatest films, beautifully restored." — Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice

Mizoguchi's sublime masterpiece, frequently numbered among cinema's greatest achievements, is presented in a new 4K digital restoration. Set in war-torn 16th-century Japan, the story parallels the stories of two village couples...and two ghosts. One man is a farmer corrupted by military glory, the other a potter corrupted by wealth and pleasure, but it is their wives who pay the price. The screenplay blends elements of two classic Japanese ghost stories by Akinara Ueda, retailored to serve as a commentary on Japan's recent military madness and Mizoguchi's own position as an artist caught up in that madness. The director's mastery of mood and camera movement blurs the lines between natural and supernatural, and between life and death, nowhere more hauntingly than in the celebrated scene of an eerie boat trip across the fog-wrapped waters of Lake Biwa. In Japanese with English subtitles. DCP digital. (MR)

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