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Criterion Collection: Onibaba [DVD] [1966] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

4.6 out of 5 stars 41 customer reviews

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  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 41 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00019JR5Y
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 168,292 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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If Hammer Studios had ever set up a Japanese franchise, the outcome might have looked rather like this. Kaneto Shindo's film has something of the lurid, full-throated relish for the horror of Hammer at its best, plus a visual elegance all its own. The story is based on a folk tale, set in Japan's war-torn 14th century. The action takes place almost entirely in a riverside marshland overgrown with tall swaying reeds. A woman and her daughter-in-law living in a hut prey on wounded samurai warriors fleeing from a nearby battlefield, killing them and selling their armour for handfuls of rice. When the younger woman falls for a handsome young deserter, the mother decides to put a stop to the affair. But the method she chooses demands a terrible price. Shooting in lustrous widescreen black-and-white, Shindo creates an eerie, atmospheric world haunted by the ceaseless dry whisperings of the reeds. None of the characters is loveable, or even likeable, but the thorough rapacity of the women, and the raw sexuality of the lovers, convey a fierce determination to survive even at the lowest scavenging edge of a violent society. --Philip Kemp --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.

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Onibaba graphically illustrates that brutalism, art and allegory can co - exist to spellbindingly powerful effect. --Film 4 --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.


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