Onibaba [1964] [Criterion] (DVD)

Kaneto Shindô

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Synopsis

In Japanese with English subtitles.   Black & White. 

 

Deep within the wind-swept marshes of war-torn, medieval Japan, an impoverished mother and her daughter-in-law eke out a lonely, desperate existence. Forced to murder Lost Samurai and sell their belongings for grain, they dump the corpses down a deep, dark hole and live off of the meager spoils. When a bedraggled neighbor returns from the skirmishes, lust, jealousy, and rage threaten to destroy the trio's tenuous existence, before an ominous, ill-gotten demon mask seals their horrifying fate. Driven by primal emotions, dark eroticism, a frenzied score by Hikaru Hayashi, and stunning images both lyrical and macabre, Kanteo Shindo's chilling folk tale Onibaba is a singular cinematic experience.

Product Details

  • Starring: Nobuko Otowa, Jitsuko Yoshimura, Jukichi Uno, Kei Sato
  • Format: DVD, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Label: The Criterion Collection
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Catalogue #: 226

Special Features

  • New Video Interview With Writer/Director Kaneto Shindo
  • Rare Super-8 Black & White and Color Footage Provided by Actor Kei Sato, Shot on Location During the Filming of Onibaba
  • Stills Gallery Featuring Production Sketches and Promotional Art
  • Rare English Translation of the Original Short Buddhist Fable That Inspired The Film
  • Filmmaker's Statement From Writer/Director Kaneto Shindo
  • New essay by Chuck Stephens, noted critic and scholar of Asian cinema
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