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A Superb Film About Japan,
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This review is from: Onibaba [Masters of Cinema] [DVD]  (DVD)
I first saw this film during the late 1960s and thought then it was something special. Certainly very different to what Hollywood was producing at the time. This film, superbly filmed and acted, oozes a tremendous atmosphere throughout. Set during the civil wars which blighted Japan during the 16th century, two women, mother and daughter, struggle to survive within a torrid landscape riddled with death. They strip dead Samurai warriors of their armour to sell in order to feed themselves. The daughter then develops a relationship with a warrior who has escaped the war and is just looking for a peaceful and loving existence. Her mother becomes jealous and develops plans to destroy the relationship. Although the ending is a little bizarre, it just ends abruptly, it doesnt spoil the film entirely. There is enough in this film to satisfy any movie buff. Worth seeing.