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Michael Lucero
Posted on Tuesday, September 11, 2007 - 07:52 am:   

I'm not sure if anyone here knows this, but Ray Manzarek's Snake Moon, has heavily employed plagiarism. Every single major event and character, except for the traveling peddler, were lifted from Kenji Mizoguchi's 1953 film Ugetsu Monogatari, often known simply as Ugetsu. The only creative thing that Manzarek did was change their names from Japanese names to American names, and changed the setting from Japan's Warring States era to America's Civil War. This is especially despicable as Rick Valentine's afterward to the book suggests that they spent hours together coming up with the plot. The plot of the book and film are not just similar -- they're identical. There's no way this was a coincidence. No mention or credit is ever given to either Mizoguchi or the film Ugetsu; even the book's name is ostensibly taken from Ugetsu, whose title means "Tales of Moonlight and Rain".

Just thought you all should know.

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