© 1964 Kindai Eiga Kyokai Co., Ltd.
In this visceral supernatural thriller, an impoverished mother and her daughter-in-law subsist in a medieval Japan ravaged by ceaseless war. They prey on wandering samurai, murdering them for their spoils to barter for meagre meals. When a deserter joins their gruesome trade, he threatens their tenuous alliance by seducing the younger woman.
Based on Japanese folklore, Onibaba is Shindo’s greatest international success which features a frenetic drumming score by Hikaru Hayashi.
Film Format: 35mm; black and white
Rating: Under 15s must be accompanied by an adult.
In Japanese with English subtitles.