ASIAN FILM - Article
14:00 - 19th July 2013, by NEO Staff

Kuroneko

Kaneto Shindo's Onibaba is one of Japan's spookiest and most atmospheric ghost stories. Now Eureka adds another of Shindo's frightfests to their Masters of Cinema range with the upcoming release of Kuroneko.

Released in 1968, the film is a blood-chilling tale of revenge. A group of roving samurai find a woman and her daughter-in-law (Nobuko Otowa and Kiwako Taichi) living in a hut near the woods. The samurai take the women's food, then brutally assault them before burning the hut to the ground to hide their crime. But the women do not rest in peace, returning as vengeful spirits who attract samurai with the daughter-in-law's good looks before slaking their thirst for vengeance with the samurai's blood.

Eureka has released the film on Blu-ray in a newly restored 1080p transfer in the original 2.35:1 original aspect ratio. The release comes with a 24-page booklet containing an essay by Doug Cummings, a reprint of a vintage interview with Kaneto Shindo by Joan Mellen, and rare archive imagery.

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