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Onibaba (鬼婆)
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Onibaba (鬼婆)
STORY
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© 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.


Year: 1964
Film Format: 35mm; black and white
Rating: Under 15s must be accompanied by an adult.

In Japanese with English subtitles.

 

CAST & CREW
  • Director
    Kaneto Shindo/
  • Cast
    Otowa Nobuko/ Yoshimura Jitsuko/ Sato Kei/ Uno Jukichi/ Tonoyama Taiji/ Tanaka Fudeko/

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