Set in medieval Japan, Kaneto Shindo’s feral suspense tale stars Jitsuko Yoshimura as an unnamed young woman left widowed by civil war. To survive, she and her mother-in-law (Nobuko Otowa) turn to ambushing passing samurai, selling their armor and dumping the corpses into a nearby pit. When the younger of the two women becomes romantically involved with Hachi (Kei Soto), a local farmer and one-time friend of her late husband, the older woman is instinctively threatened; donning a demon mask removed from the body of one of her samurai victims, she hatches a plot to frighten her daughter-in-law into ending the romance, leading to a macabre and chilling climax. Notable for Kiyomi Kuroda’s eerily beautiful black-and-white cinematography, Onibaba is among the most visually striking Japanese films of its period, as well as one of the most violently sensual; atmospheric and intense — complete with a primal, almost free jazz-like score from composer Hikaru Hayashi — it achieves a mood of foreboding and dread endemic to the finest horror films.
Release date: Feb 4, 1965
Production Company: Toho Company Ltd.
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Genre: Art House & International,Drama,Horror
Onibaba Caste and Crew
Director: Kaneto Shindô
writer: Kaneto Shindô
Nobuko Otowa,Jitsuko Yoshimura,Kei Sato,Jukichi Uno,Taiji Tonoyama,Sensho Matsumoto,Kentaro Kaji,Hosui Araya