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KURONEKO (Masters of Cinema) (BLU-RAY)

Kaneto SHINDO    Suitable for 15 years and over   Blu-ray
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
Price: 14.35 & FREE Delivery in the UK. Details
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Product details

  • Directors: Kaneto SHINDO
  • Language: Japanese
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Eureka
  • DVD Release Date: 24 Jun 2013
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00CH066GI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,514 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & 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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3.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Movie. Extremely Disappointing Bluray. 21 Jun 2013
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 usual with MOC.

My disappointment then is quite profound to find this is the poorest Blu-ray I have ever witnessed from the great Eureka MOC series.

The only extra is the theatrical trailer, unless you count the, as ever, very informative booklet.
Now, I can just about live with a dearth of extras when a film is just this beautiful, atmospheric and creepy but what really makes my head hurt is the picture quality. IT'S JUST UNACCEPTABLE!!! Criterion have only recently released an edition of this in the USA and it's stunning! This UK release looks barely better than my old DVD copy, in fact, it may be worse! Dark, darkly darkness is what we've been presented with here and detail is practically non existent when compared to the Criterion disk. It looks like NO RESTORATION has been done at all as the film is still dirty and still flickers. I cant think what has gone wrong over in the QA department at Eureka. Maybe they couldn't source a good enough negative or didn't have the funds to do a remaster but it's far below the quality of some of their great releases.

I really would suggest skipping this, frankly terrible, Blu-ray and instead would point you in the direction of the Criterion edition, which is unfortunately region locked to America. So a region free player would be required too. However, Criterion release SO MANY great editions of great films, a region free player is a virtually a no brainer these days.

So, apologies, but 3 stars it is. Blu-rays are capable of much, much more. And so are Eureka - Masters of Cinema.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Atmospheric,Japanese period supernatural tale. 11 Aug 2013
By mihos
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Kaneto Shindo`s 1968 follow up to his acclaimed "Onibaba" is a supernatural tale,of rape,murder and subsequent ghostly revenge.
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!
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