GREG PROOPS FILM CLUB: Ugetsu

The most elegant ghost story ever filmed–it’s moral, compassionate, feminist–and the artiest, bloodiest Halloween film showing in Los Angeles this year. Winner at the Venice Film Festival in 1953, one of three in a row for supreme artiste Kenzi Mizoguchi.

A couple flees their village in medieval wartime Japan and ends up in an scary, magical, lyrical, ether-land where our world touches the nether world. Prepare yourself for interdimensional sex, authentic costumes taken from museums, and more crane shots than your tiny human mind can fathom. No nurse on duty, so bring your own suspension of reality pills. This is the living end and the dead beginning. You will never forget this movie. Even when you leave this realm.

Dir. Kenji Mizoguchi, 1953, 35mm, 96 min.

Watch the trailer!