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An atmospheric Japanese classic,
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This review is from: ONIBABA (Masters of Cinema) (Blu-ray)  (Blu-ray)
Onibaba is a classic Japanese movie which, due to its location (fields of reeds and tall grasses waving in the breeze) and the excellent cinematography has a sweat-soaked atmosphere of menace and amoral behaviour, created by the need to survive in a war-ravaged society. It is sometimes described as a 'horror' film which is a huge mistake; what the mother and daughter do is horrible enough but at no point is it frightening to a 21st century viewer. This movie is all about duplicity, barely suppressed erotic desire and the consequences of living beyond the rules.
I have watched this film on many occasions and it's a worthwhile experience every time. It is visually compelling in a way that completely underscores the sexual tension and the desperately unpleasant way these women have chosen (been compelled?) to make a living. Eerily beautiful photography and characters you can't look away from; quite simply a classic.
The blu-ray transfer is up to the usual Eureka standard and comes with an informative booklet and extras. An essential blu-ray for the lover of Japanese classic movie-making.