In this magnificently eerie and romantic film — loosely based on the Japanese folktale The Cat’s Return — a mother and daughter-in-law (Nobuko Otowa & Kiwako Taichi) are raped and murdered by pillagers, but return from the dead as vampiric cat spirits intent on revenge. As the ghosts lure soldiers into the bamboo groves, a fearless samurai, Gintoki (Kichiemon Nakamura), is sent to stop their reign of terror… —Masters of Cinema
Japanese filmmaker/scriptwriter Kaneto Shindo’s most famous directorial efforts include The Island (1960), a nearly silent, but powerful glimpse at a lonely farmer’s daily toil, and Children of Hiroshima (1952), a wrenching and sentimental account of the city’s post-bomb aftermath. Shindo was born in Hiroshima and got his start in films as an art director during the late ’30s. Less than a decade later, he wrote his first screenplays and went on to work with a number of Japanese directors, including Kenji Mizoguchi and Kon Ichikawa. In 1950, Shindo was a co-founder of a production company. He made his directorial debut in 1951 with The Story of a Beloved Wife.
He was married to actress Nobuko Otowa (1925–1994), who appeared in several of his films. He won the 1996 Japan Academy Prize for Director of the Year for A Last Note.— allmovie guide
one of my favourite ghost stories to date. the film has a very eerie atmosphere given by the skilful use of spotlights, dark scenes (chiaroscuro), fog... the soundtrack adds a lot to the mystery as well. what else could you want? anyone who has been amazed by the use of wires for the fight scenes in "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" will be happy to know this was first done in this film. with brilliant results.
Fascinating. The visuals in this film were absolutely astonishing. I love the use of spotlights and fog, in this movie, it truly added to the incredibly creepy atmosphere. The story as a whole was quite dark and at times very powerful, especially that real brutal opening scene. Also ending gave me the creeps and was much darker than expected. Great film.
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Also: Kuroneko and Stagecoach (not that one).
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Though they’ve already been plastered all over the internet, I’d be remiss if I didn’t pay attention to the four teaser posters for Darren