Kenji Mizoguchi

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Kenji Mizoguchi (May 16, 1898 ? August 24, 1956) was a Japanese film director and screenwriter. His film Ugetsu (1953) won the Silver Lion at the Venice Film Festival, and appeared in the Sight & Sound Critics' Top Ten Poll in 1962 and 1972. Mizoguchi is renowned for his mastery of the long take and mise-en-scène. "His films have an extraordinary force and purity. They shake and move the viewer by the power, refinement and compassion with which they confront human suffering."   Description above from the Wikipedia article Kenji Mizoguchi, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

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The Life of Oharu Review

Kenji Mizoguchi's breakthrough classic, The Life of Oharu, finally comes to Blu Ray thanks to Criterion, Ben Pinsent dives into this melancholy tale

Sansho Dayu / Gion Bayashi Review

Kenji Mizoguchi's mournful drama debuts on Blu-ray from Masters of Cinema.

Ugetsu Monogatari / Oyu-Sama Review

Kenji Mizoguchi's haunting tale makes its Blu-ray debut from Masters of Cinema.

The Mizoguchi Collection Review

Four from one of Japanese cinema's greatest in glorious high definition.

Akasen Chitai/Yokihi Review

Continuing their sterling work with Kenji Mizoguchi, Eureka release two of the master's last films...

Ugetsu Monogatari / Oyu-Sama Review

Master of Cinema release Mizoguchi's masterpiece Ugetsu and his earlier Miss Oyu. John White considers the master's tactical genius

Chikamatsu Monogatari/Uwasa no Onna Review

<p>The Masters of Cinema series continues with two more of Mizoguchi's films which in their English release titles were <strong>The Crucified Lovers</strong> and <strong>The Woman in the Rumour</strong>. John White gives them a spin</p>

Sansho Dayu/Gion Bayashi Review

After all those scary films, how about a bit of art. John takes a look at the new Masters Of Cinema releases of two Mizoguchi films...

Sansho the Bailiff (Criterion) Review

Criterion have got around to the second of their Mizoguchi releases, the truly resplendent Sansho Dayu. John reviews the recently released R1 disc. <br/>

The Japanese Masters Collection Review

Artificial Eye repackage a collection of four classic films of Japanese Cinema, Ozu’s ‘Floating Weeds’ and ‘The End of Summer’, and Mizoguchi’s ‘The Lady of Musashino’ and ‘The Life of Oharu’.

The Life of Oharu Review

The second of Artificial Eye's Mizoguchi releases is one of the most important films in Japanese cinema. The Life of Oharu follows the fate of a fallen noble-woman in 15th century Japan, who has committed the grevious error of falling in love with a commoner. A true classic.

The Lady of Musashino Review

Following their recent restoration and theatrical re-release, Artificial Eye have released two long-awaited classic films from Japanese director Kenji Mizoguchi. The Lady of Musashino is a powerful look at the moral challenges facing one family in the post-war years.