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2,023 Ratings



Directed by Kaneto Shindô
Japan, 1964
Drama, Horror


Deep within the windswept 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.

Our take

One of Japan’s greatest movies, this electrifying horror film from master director Kaneto Shindo is replete with graphic violence and explicit sexuality, amidst a field of swaying susuki grass. Rendered through shimmering B&W imagery and a chilling score, Onibaba is a veritable feast for the senses.

Onibaba Directed by Kaneto Shindô

Critics reviews

Tales of the spirit world figure prominently in a number of the titles in BAM’s series, which includes two of the greatest horror films ever made, anywhere: director Kaneto Shindo’s Onibaba (1964) and Kuroneko (1968). Violent, beautiful, supernaturally inflected medieval stories of female revenge, the pair could be seen as companion pieces.
October 29, 2018
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