Ugetsu Review


Whatever I say in this review, I just want to make one thing clear before I begin Ugetsu Monogatari is a Masterpiece. However, I believe it to be a masterpiece entirely different reasons than a conventional movie critic. I hope I make the reasons clear within this review.

I have a PhD in this stuff, so the notes will be generally my own, as are conclusions and explanations. Thank you for watching. Hit that subscribe button.

Based on the waka of Ueda Akinari, Ugetsu Monogatari, (a waka is a book of poetry in Japanese)

Born in July 1734 in Osaka a major economic business hub of Japan. Akinari, the name by which he is known is actually his pen name. Some of his works were published anonymously and later attributed to him.

His mother's name was Matuso Osaki was largely to be believed to be a prostitute, while he was adopted into a family where he inherited a business inherited by his adoptive father, for 10 years.

During this time he published ukiyo-zohshi stories. Uikyozohshi means floating world, however “floating world” is not a genre but more of a feeling, like Noir. Although it usually dealt with life in the Edo period, it was more of a catalog of Japaneses tastes and sexual themes that were fully explored and known at the time, it was not not taboo or looked down upon outright, but it was regarded pretty much how one would treat a magazine advertisement. As a note there are many plays on words in Ugetsu, as well as this genre of poetry we would call double entrendre. I will attempt to explain some, although most in translation lose their meaning. Here ukiyo is a play on Buddhist samsara philosophy, which is a temporary release from this world to the floating world through orgasm and sustaining such orgasm. However, the catch is, that is you're also losing your life force. As the two are linked.

We see it echoed in the tale of Genji, again the Ming poetic imagery of a house in a thicket.

Ugetsu is a Japanese version of a Chinese story dating around 1378 CE or the Ming Dynasty by Qu You, who is pretty much credited with the idea of narrative fantasy in the Ming dynasty. Just to give you an idea of what an accomplishment that is, the Ming poetry has over 1 million pieces of work that survive to this day.

SHOULD BE NOTED THAT THE SERPENT LADY AND THE HOUSE IN THE THICKEET WERE COMBINED TO MAKE THIS. IT REMINDS ME OF ENDEN. EVE AND THE SERPENT WERE IN PARADISE TOGETHER, THEN THEY WERE CAST OUT, AND NOW SHE IS ON EARTH, IN REALITY AND MUST TOIL. It's Percival failing the grail quest. It was that one moment in your life where everything was perfect and still, that moment that washed over you and the concerns of the world troubled you no more. It was paradise in the literal sense. And now Expulsion. A Life of Agony.

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