Kuroneko Kuroneko

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 McDonaghOctober 17, 2011

Scratch the surface of a contemporary J-horror classic like Ringu (1998) or any of the Ju-on . . . Read more »

Photo Galleries


Interviews

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

By Joan MellenOctober 28, 2011

The following is excerpted from a 1972 interview that film scholar Joan Mellen conducted with . . . 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 . . . Read more »


Film Essays

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Kuroneko: The Mark of the Cat

By Maitland McDonaghOctober 17, 2011

Scratch the surface of a contemporary J-horror classic like Ringu (1998) or any of the Ju-on . . . Read more »


News

Introducing Kuroneko

October 22, 2010

Hot on the heels of the hit theatrical run of Nobuhiko Obayashi’s cult sensation House, Janus . . . Read more »