Onibaba (Criterion Collection) (Subtitled)
Starring: Kei Satô Director: Kaneto Shindo

Onibaba (Criterion Collection) (Subtitled)
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DVD Features:

  • 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
  • Audio:
    • Mono - Japanese
  • 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

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Entertainment Reviews:

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.

Product Description:

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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  • Sales Rank: 73,221
  • UPC: 037429185827
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