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Onibaba (1965) Movie Information

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Kaneto Shindō


Nobuko Otowa
Jitsuko Yoshimura
Kei Sato
Jukichi Uno
Taiji Tonoyama





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As a feudal war ravages Japan, a soldier leaves behind his wife and mother. Together they scrounge by waylaying tired and wounded soldiers and selling their arms to a greedy merchant. An old friend returns and spells out the fate of the missing husband and son - soon the young widow gives into lust and the mother is left lonely, jealous and plotting her revenge.

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Snoogans 02/28/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Not a horror film, but rather an isolated character piece with some horror elements. It's an artful depiction that is visually mesmerizing. An accurate presentation of the many 'sins' discussed and dealt by the main characters.

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Adict 06/09/2010 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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The black and white cinematography highlights an ancient, lost Japan and gives unearthly weight to the mother-in-law and her bitter actions and words. The intellectual horror comes from the clever and poignant dialogue like, "I'm not a demon! I'm a human being!" This is not visually the scariest horror piece from Japan, but its wise fable and the wretched clash between nature and man render it one of the best horror films of all time. Simple lines as the one above carry far more weight under the artful creation of a careful tale. Far more than the lazy hack and slash and silly teenagers we've suffered through since the 80's.

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Chris Kavan 07/29/2007 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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An endless field of reeds becomes a hellish world that rivals any flame-filled afterlife. Onibaba is chilling and unmerciful. Lust, jealousy, revenge, greed - all rear their ugly heads in this excellent example of Japanese cinema.

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