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KURONEKO (Masters of Cinema) (BLU-RAY)
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SYNOPSIS Kaneto Shindo ' s Kuroneko (Yabu no naka no kuroneko, or The Black Cat Inside the Bamboo Grove) - released to great acclaim in 1968 - is a sparse, atmospheric horror story, ascribing to the director ' s philosophy of using beauty and purity to evoke emotion. Eccentric and more overtly supernatural than its breakthrough companion piece, Onibaba, Kuroneko revisits similar themes to reveal a haunting meditation on duty, conformity, and love.
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 and 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.
Kuroneko remains a standout film of the kaidan eiga genre of period ghost stories often based on old legends or kabuki plays. Marking Shindo ' s first use of wire work as Yone and Shige battle against samurai blades, the film is subtly complimented by Kiyomi Kuroda s award - winning chiaroscuro cinematography, Hikaru Hayashi ' s vibrant score, and riveting performances from many of the greatest actors of Japan s golden age of film. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present Kuroneko for the first time on Blu - ray in the UK.
SPECIAL BLU - RAY EDITION
- Newly restored 1080p transfer, in its original 2.35:1 original aspect ratio
- Optional English subtitles (new translation)
- 24 - page booklet with an essay by Doug Cummings, a reprint of a vintage interview with Shindo by Joan Mellen, and rare archival imagery.
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Two women farmers are murdered and raped by some rogue samurai, but they return in spirit to haunt the local area. The husband and son of those two women returns a hero from the war, and is given the task of destroying whatever has been murdering samurai lately.
Much of the sensuality and dangerous passion returns here, just like in Onibaba, but in this it is even more direct and has an even greater danger. Regardless, if you enjoy the work of Shindo, Onibaba in particular, then this is an essential film to own.
Unfortunately the uber-desirable USA Criterion release is REGION-A LOCKED although it doesn't say so on Amazon.
So it WILL NOT PLAY on most UK BLU RAY players unless they're chipped to play 'all' regions (which the vast majority aren't).
Don't confuse BLU RAY players that have multi-region capability on the 'DVD' front - that won't help.
Luckily the "Masters Of Cinema" REGION B release uses the same restored elements and will play on UK machines.
Check you're purchasing the right version before you buy the pricey Criterion release...
As in the earlier film the central characters are two women,mother and daughter in law,caught up in events in war ravaged
medieval Japan. Chanced upon wandering marauders they are raped and murdered,and left in the burning hut.Later,amid the smoking ruins a black cat wanders around the bodies and licks the wounds.
Suffice it to say,the women become vengeful spirits,bent on killing every wandering Samurai who venture into the superbly
creepy bamboo grove in which they now reside in a far more stylish residence than the peasant hovel they inhabited in life.
Stylish in every sense,superb monochrome photography,great costume design.even early wire flying effects!
Based on a Japanese folk tale ,it looks superb, a great transfer to blu-ray. Marvellous!
who are savagely raped and murdered by a group of marauding Samurai,however come back as
Masterful story telling and beautifully directed.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Really liked this movie, good strong story with excellent acting plus that quirky japanese style.Published 11 months ago by Garden Shed
Kichiemon Nakamura, a very dark film in the style of Akiri Kurasowa, Kuroneko is very scary in an un-horror way. No Devils or Monsters just strokable Pussy Cats.....not.Published 17 months ago by Diddily
WHETHER BLURAY OR DVD IS ALL RIGHT. SAME FILM, SAME BONUS MATERIALS(UHH...WHAT?), ALMOST ORDINARY STANDARD PACKAGE. IS IT REALLY NECESSARY TO BUY BLURAY?Published on 8 Feb. 2014 by HAN XIAO
I have been waiting for this to come to Blu-ray in the UK for a couple of years now and when I heard MOC were going to release it I was very optimistic for a great release, as per... Read morePublished on 21 Jun. 2013 by hell-oh-kitteh
Good quality DVD great movie just what I expected! What more can I say lived up to all my expectationsPublished on 19 May 2013 by Teresa Kelly