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Kuroneko

Kaneto Shindo

 
Kuroneko (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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  • Japan
  • 1968
  • 99 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 2.35:1
  • Japanese
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  • Spine #584

In this poetic and atmospheric horror fable, set in a village in war-torn medieval Japan, a malevolent spirit has been ripping out the throats of itinerant samurai. When a military hero is sent to dispatch the unseen force, he finds that he must struggle with his own personal demons as well. From Kaneto Shindo, director of the terror classic Onibaba, Kuroneko (Black Cat) is a spectacularly eerie twilight tale with a shocking feminist angle, evoked through ghostly special effects and exquisite cinematography.

Disc Features

  • New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the
    Blu-ray edition
  • Video interview with director Kaneto Shindo from the Directors Guild of Japan
  • New video interview with critic Tadao Sato
  • Theatrical trailer
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by film critic Maitland McDonagh and an excerpt
    from film scholar Joan Mellen’s 1972 interview with Shindo

    New cover by Sam Smith and Eric Skillman

Film Essays

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Kuroneko: The Mark of the Cat

By Maitland McDonagh October 17, 2011

Kaneto Shindo’s hair-raising and highly influential demon story shows a film artist at the height of his visual powers. Read more »

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Interviews

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“My Mind Was Always on the Commoners”: Shindo on Kuroneko in His Body of Work

By Joan Mellen October 28, 2011

The following is excerpted from a 1972 interview that film scholar Joan Mellen conducted with director Kaneto Shindo. The interview originally appeared in the 1975 book Voices from the Japanese . . . Read more »


Press Notes

Press Notes: Kuroneko

October 28, 2011

Faced with the demonic women of Kuroneko, DVD Town’s Christopher Long at first has only one thing to say: “Wow. And wow.” He does manage to gasp out a few more words in his review: “Kaneto . . . Read more »


Film Essays

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Kuroneko: The Mark of the Cat

By Maitland McDonagh October 17, 2011

Kaneto Shindo’s hair-raising and highly influential demon story shows a film artist at the height of his visual powers. Read more »


Big Screen

Introducing Kuroneko

October 22, 2010

Hot on the heels of the hit theatrical run of Nobuhiko Obayashi’s cult sensation House, Janus Films is premiering another unsung Japanese horror movie with a feline twist. Kuroneko (Black Cat), . . . Read more »