Xplodera’s review published on Letterboxd:
The atmosphere in Ugetsu Monogatari is nothing short of suffocating. Life in Japan in the 16th century was probably tough enough, but there’s a certain nerve given to these everyday chores due to the constant looming war. It’s a pleasantly slow pace — only cut off by an unnecessary song number — and Kenji Mizoguchi frames the film with ghastly shadows and a fitting black-and-white tone to fit the looming mood and silent landscapes where the screams of victims cut through everything.
Even with all this, it’s not to be forgotten that this is a love-story at heart. Admittedly the film doesn’t always focus evenly on everything, but the love here is still portrayed with just enough level of melodrama, soothing music and a passionate acting. Ugetsu Monogatari is a tragic example of the fact that war may be started by the ruling men, but fought by the everyday people in a brutal intimacy.