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Kwaidan

Masaki Kobayashi

 
Kwaidan (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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Criterion Store price:$31.96

  • Japan
  • 1965
  • 183 minutes
  • Color
  • 2.35:1
  • Japanese
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  • Spine #90

After more than a decade of sober political dramas and socially minded period pieces, the great Japanese director Masaki Kobayashi shifted gears dramatically for this rapturously stylized quartet of ghost stories. Featuring colorfully surreal sets and luminous cinematography, these haunting tales of demonic comeuppance and spiritual trials, adapted from writer Lafcadio Hearn’s collections of Japanese folklore, are existentially frightening and meticulously crafted. This version of Kwaidan is the original three-hour cut, never before released in the United States.

Cast

SamuraiRentaro Mikuni
First wifeMichiyo Aratama
Second wifeMisako Watanabe
MinokichiTatsuya Nakadai
Woman of the Snow/YukiKeiko Kishi
MosakuJun Hamamura
Minokichi’s motherYuko Mochizuki
HoichiKatsuo Nakamura
SamuraiTetsuro Tanba
PriestTakashi Shimura
YasakuKunie Tanaka
KannaiKanemon Nakamura
HeinaiNoboru Nakaya
The writerOsamu Takizawa
The writer’s wifeHaruko Sugimura
PublisherGanjiro Nakamura

Credits

DirectorMasaki Kobayashi
ProducerShigeru Wakatsuki
ScreenplayYoko Mizuki
Based on stories byLafcadio Hearn
CinematographyYoshio Miyajima
Music and sound designToru Takemitsu
EditorHisashi Sagara
Sound recordistHideo Nishizaki
Art directorShigemasa Toda
LightingAkira Aomatsu

Disc Features

  • New 2K digital restoration of director Masaki Kobayashi’s original cut, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New audio commentary by film historian Stephen Prince
  • Interview with Kobayashi from 1993, conducted by filmmaker Masahiro Shinoda
  • New interview with assistant director Kiyoshi Ogasawara
  • New piece about author Lafcadio Hearn, on whose versions of Japanese folktales Kwaidan is based
  • Trailers
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Geoffrey O’Brien

    New cover by Sean Freeman

Film Essays

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Kwaidan: No Way Out

By Geoffrey O’Brien October 21, 2015

Masaki Kobayashi takes on broken vows and the unreality of the past in his sensual and spooky four-part adaptation of Lafcadio Hearn’s Japanese folktales. Read more »


Film Essays

Kwaidan

By David Ehrenstein October 09, 2000

One of the most meticulously crafted supernatural fantasy films ever made, Masaki Kobayashi’s Kwaidan (1964) is also one of the most unusual. While such classic black and white chillers as The . . . Read more »

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Criterion Designs: Kwaidan by Sean Freeman

By Eric Skillman October 30, 2015

The particular challenge of designing covers for anthology films like Kwaidan lies in finding a way to represent the set without favoring any one piece over the others. Fortuitously, we found a . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Kwaidan_small_thumbnail

Kwaidan: No Way Out

By Geoffrey O’Brien October 21, 2015

Masaki Kobayashi takes on broken vows and the unreality of the past in his sensual and spooky four-part adaptation of Lafcadio Hearn’s Japanese folktales. Read more »


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September 23, 2015


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Kwaidan in Red

September 09, 2015


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The Terrifying Sounds of Takemitsu

December 10, 2010

To coincide with Film Forum’s current retrospective dedicated to the legendary Japanese composer Toru Takemitsu, Ben Simington has fashioned, for the Mubi Notebook, a special feature—complete . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Kwaidan

By David Ehrenstein October 09, 2000

One of the most meticulously crafted supernatural fantasy films ever made, Masaki Kobayashi’s Kwaidan (1964) is also one of the most unusual. While such classic black and white chillers as The . . . Read more »

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