Kaneto Shindo

Onibaba

Onibaba

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.

Film Info

  • Kaneto Shindo
  • Japan
  • 1964
  • 103 minutes
  • Black & White
  • 2.35:1
  • Japanese
  • Spine #226

Special 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

Purchase Options

Special 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

Onibaba
Cast
Nobuko Otowa
Woman
Jitsuko Yoshimura
Young woman
Kei Sato
Hachi
Jukichi Uno
The samurai
Taiji Tonoyama
Ushi
Credits
Director
Kaneto Shindo
Film editor
Toshio Enoki
Sound
Tetsuya Ohashi
Music
Hikaru Hayashi
Director of photography
Kiyomi Kuroda
Original screenplay
Kaneto Shindo
Art direction
Kaneto Shindo

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