About

In 16th century Japan, peasants Genjuro and Tobei sell their earthenware pots to a group of soldiers in a nearby village, in defiance of a local sage's warning against seeking to profit from warfare. Genjuro's pursuit of both riches and the mysterious Lady Wakasa, as well as Tobei's desire to become a samurai, run the risk of destroying both themselves and their wives, Miyagi and Ohama.

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Directed by

Kenji Mizoguchi

Written by

Matsutarô Kawaguchi (Adaptation)
Yoshikata Yoda (Screenplay)
Akinari Ueda (Story)
Kyûchi Tsuji (Idea)

Runtime

96 minutes

Country

Japan

Language

Japanese

Cast

Keywords

based on novel or book ghost japan tragedy samurai rural setting 16th century greed bigamy feudal japan sengoku period warring states period

Photos

Lists

1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die Steven Jay Schneider

#50 on 1,000 greatest films They Shoot Pictures, Don't They?

Awards

Oscar nomination for Best Costume Design, Black-and-White