Ugetsu (1953), Dir. Kenji Mizoguchi.
Set in the period of the Japanese Civil Wars of the 16th century, craftsman Genjurô and his neighbor Tobei work together manufacturing clay pottery to earn money. Their wives, Miyage and Ohama, are worried about the army of the cruel Shibata and they warn their ambitious husbands. Their village is looted but the families flee and survive. The families travel by boat to a bigger town. When they meet another boat that was attacked by pirates, Genjurô decides to leave his wife and son on the bank of the river, promising to return in ten days. Genjurô, Tobei and Ohama raise a large amount but Tobei leaves his wife to buy the samurai outfit he has been coveting and to seek fame and fortune.
Other films in this series include:
April 11: Ugetsu
May 9: Kwaidan: A Woman in the Snow and Hoichi the Earless
June 13: The Tale of Genji
Free admission during the Blitz Capitol Hill Arts Walk.