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Kaneto Shindo

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  • Actors: Kichiemon Nakamura, Nobuko Otowa, Kiwako Taichi, Kei Sato
    Director: Kaneto Shindo
    Format: PAL
    Language: Japanese
    Subtitles: English
    Region: Region 2 (UK & Europe)
    Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
    Number of discs: 1
    Classification: 15

    Studio: Eureka Entertainment
    DVD Release Date: 22 Aug 2005
    Run Time: 95 minutes


Kaneto Shindo, 1968

  • Kaneto Shindo’s Kuroneko — released to great acclaim in 1968 is a sparse, atmospheric horror story, ascribing to the director’s philosophy of using beauty and purity to evoke emotion. Eccentric and more overtly supernatural than its breakthrough companion piece, Onibaba (1964), Kuroneko revisits similar themes to reveal a haunting meditation on duty, conformity, and love.

    In this magnificently eerie and romantic film — loosely based on the Japanese folktale The Cat’s Return — a mother and daughter-in-law (Nobuko Otowa & Kiwako Taichi) are raped and murdered by pillagers, but return from the dead as vampiric cat spirits intent on revenge. As the ghosts lure soldiers into the bamboo groves, a fearless samurai, Gintoki (Kichiemon Nakamura), is sent to stop their reign of terror.

    Kuroneko remains a standout film of the kaidan eiga genre of period ghost stories often based on old legends or kabuki plays. Marking Shindo’s first use of wire work as Yone and Shige battle against samurai blades, the film is subtly complimented by Kiyomi Kuroda’s award-winning chiaroscuro cinematography, Hikaru Hayashi’s vibrant score, and riveting performances from many of the greatest actors of Japan’s Golden Age of film. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present Kuroneko on DVD for the first time in the West.

    • Newly restored high-definition transfer, anamorphic 2.35:1 OAR
    • Optional English subtitles (new translation)
    • Production stills gallery using Toho promotional material
    • 24-page booklet with a new essay by Doug Cummings, and a reprint of a vintage interview with Shindo by Joan Mellen

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      Japan | 95 min.
      2.35:1 OAR anamorphic
      black & white

  • Price: 19.99
    UK Sterling (new)(includes UK postage & packaging)

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