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SYNOPSIS: Kaneto Shindo, one of Japan s most prolific directors, received his biggest international success with the release of Onibaba [The Demoness] in 1964. Its depiction of violence and graphic sexuality was unprecedented at the time of release. Shindo managed - through his own production company Kindai Eiga Kyokai - to bypass the strict, self - regulated Japanese film industry and pave the way for such films as Yasuzo Masumura s Mojuu (1969) and Nagisa Oshima s In the Realm of the Senses (1976). Onibaba [or Onibabaa, in its alternate spelling] is set during a brutal period in history, a Japan ravaged by civil war between rivaling shogunates. Weary from combat, samurai are drawn towards the seven - foot high susuki grass fields to hide and rest themselves, whereupon they are ambushed and murdered by a ruthless mother (Nobuko Otowa) and daughter - in - law (Jitsuko Yoshimura) team. The women throw the samurai bodies into a pit, and barter their armour and weapons for food. When Hachi (Kei Sato), a neighbour returning from the wars, brings bad news, he threatens the women s partnership. Erotically charged and steeped in the symbolism and superstition of its Buddhist and Shinto roots, Kaneto Shindo s Onibaba is in part a modern parable on consumerism, a study of the destructiveness of sexual desire and - filmed within a claustrophobic sea of grass - one of the most striking and unique films of Japan's last half - century, winning Kiyomi Kuroda the Blue Ribbon Award for Cinematography in 1965. The memorably frenetic drumming soundtrack was scored by long - time Shindo collaborator Hikaru Hayashi. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present Onibaba for the first time on Blu - ray in the UK. SPECIAL NEW BLU-RAY EDITION: Gorgeous new 1080p HD transfer Full - length director s audio commentary by director Kaneto Shindo and the stars of the film, Kei Sato, and Jitsuko Yoshimura Video introduction by Alex Cox 8mm footage (40 - minutes) shot on location by lead
can't be silenced by the comforts of sleep...
Your nightmare will surface
Like a good ghost story? They don't get no better than this! This explores the bottomless depths of human morality.
A mother and her daughter-in-law are forced to scrounge for survival. In desperation they murder lost samurai and dump their bodies down a deep mysterious hole in the field. This hole seems to be metaphorical for hell, or purgatory. Very much a holding place for their sins.
When their neighbor returns home from battle, he presents a whole new problem. They soon get swallowed in a vortex of deception, betrayal, lust, and greed.
This is a mesmerizing and chilling tale. Extremely well-written and acted. It has some great philisophical and spiritual statements to ponder. Some dark eroticism to tempt any urges of the flesh. Lots of stark images that will penetrate and absorb into the murky unexplored confines of your imagination.
Seriously, they flat out can't make 'em like this anymore. Highly recommended.
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