- Interview with Kaneto Shindo
- Rare Super-8 Black & White and Color Footage Shot on Location During the Filming of Onibaba
- Original Theatrical Trailer
- Filmmaker's Statement from Kaneto Shindo
- Rated: Unrated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 43 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: March 16, 2004
- Originally Released: 1964
- Label: Criterion
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Dual Layer
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 2.35
- Additional Release Material:
- Interviews: Kaneto Shindo - Writer/Director
- Trailers: Original Theatrical Trailer
- Rare Super-8 Footage (Provided by Actor Kei Sato)
- Text/Photo Galleries:
- Filmmaker's Statement From Kaneto Shindo
- Rare English Translation of the Original Short Buddhist Fable That Inspired the Film
- Stills Gallery Featuring Production Sketches and Promotional Art
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Premiere - 06/01/2004
"[S]pare, searing....[An] extraordinary picture..."
Sight and Sound - 10/01/2005
"Shindo creates a truly creepy and intensely erotic atmosphere....Compellingly effective as pure entertainment, the film is also strikingly visual and driven by a propulsive, percussive soundtrack..."
Total Film - 04/01/2013
5 stars out of 5 -- "[U]nflinching in its violence and eroticism."
Description by OLDIES.com:
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 the 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 their horrifying fate. Driven by primal emotions, dark eroticism, a frenzied score, and stunning images both lyrical and macabre, Kaneto Shindo's chilling folk tale is a singular cinematic experience. Japanese with English Subtitles.
From the mind of Kaneto Shindo comes ONIBABA, a haunting folk nightmare.In medieval Japan, a peasant woman and her daughter stay alive by murdering stray soldiers and selling their armor for food. A crafty warrior saves his life by seducing the daughter - until the mother's witchcraft exacts her revenge. A truly original film, Shindo's stark, erotic vision will stick in viewer's heads for days.
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