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Onibaba

Kaneto Shindo

 
Onibaba (Criterion DVD)

DVD

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  • Japan
  • 1964
  • 103 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 2.35:1
  • Japanese
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  • Spine #226

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.

Credits

DirectorKaneto Shindo
Film editorToshio Enoki
SoundTetsuya Ohashi
MusicHikaru Hayashi
Director of photographyKiyomi Kuroda
Original screenplayKaneto Shindo
Art directionKaneto Shindo

Disc Features

  • New high-definition digital transfer, with restored image and sound and enhanced for widescreen televisions
  • New video interview with writer/director Kaneto Shindo
  • Rare super-8 black & white and color footage provided by actor Kei Sato, shot on location during the filming of Onibaba
  • Original trailer
  • Stills gallery featuring production sketches and promotional art
  • Rare English translation of the original short Buddhist fable that inspired the film
  • Filmmaker’s statement from writer/director Kaneto Shindo
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition

    New cover by Lucien S. Y. Yang

Film Essays

Onibaba: Black Sun Rising

By Chuck StephensMarch 15, 2004

“People are both the devil and God,” Japanese writer/director Kaneto Shindo—whose 1964 . . . Read more »

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Film Essays

Onibaba: Black Sun Rising

By Chuck StephensMarch 15, 2004

“People are both the devil and God,” Japanese writer/director Kaneto Shindo—whose 1964 . . . Read more »