One of the most stunning motion pictures ever made, not only in terms of its visual appeal and its haunting story, Ugetsu Monogari is the second installment of a dazzling triptych created by Japanese filmmaker Kenji Mizoguchi. The first, released in 1952, was The Life of Oharu. In this seemingly benign tale of obligation, regret and sacrifice, we see an old woman in a temple flashing back through the events in her life as she struggles to make sense out of what has happened to her. Secrets and intrigue abound as she passes through many disparate phases in her search for meaning. The second portion of this 3-part epic is, as indicated earlier, Ugetsu Monogari.