Onibaba

74
  • NR
  • Genre(s): Drama Horror
  • Release year: 1964
  • Running time: 105 min
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,... read more
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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 their 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 the trio’s horrifying fate. Driven by primal emotions, dark eroticism, a frenzied score by Hikaru Hayashi, and stunning images both lyrical and macabre, Kaneto Shindo’s chilling folktale Onibaba is a singular cinematic experience.

Original Release

11/21/1964

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Cast

Nobuko Otowa Kichi's Mother
Jitsuko Yoshimura Kichi's Wife
Kei Satô Hachi
Jukichi Uno Samurai General
Taiji Tonoyama Ushi
Someshô Matsumoto Runaway Warrior A
Kentarô Kaji Runaway Warrior B
Fudeko Tanaka Old Woman
Hiroyoshi Yamaguchi Horse Riding Samurai A
Hiroshi Tanaka Horse Riding Samurai B
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Kaneto Shindô

Writers

Kaneto Shindô

Cast

Nobuko Otowa Kichi's Mother
Jitsuko Yoshimura Kichi's Wife
Kei Satô Hachi
Jukichi Uno Samurai General
Taiji Tonoyama Ushi
Someshô Matsumoto Runaway Warrior A
Kentarô Kaji Runaway Warrior B
Fudeko Tanaka Old Woman
Hiroyoshi Yamaguchi Horse Riding Samurai A
Hiroshi Tanaka Horse Riding Samurai B
Kanzô Uni Horse Riding Samurai C
Hosui Araya Ushi's Follower
Michinori Yoshida Samurai with Blood
Nobuko Shimakage Child

Producers

Editors

Toshio Enoki

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