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Genres: Foreign, Horror, Feudal Japan, Ghosts, Supernatural / Paranormal, Japan, Criterion Collection, Japanese Cinema, Foreign Horror, Supernatural Horror

Cast: Kichiemon Nakamura, Nobuko Otowa, Kiwako Taichi, Kei Satô, Taiji Tonoyama

Director: Kaneto Shindo

Synopsis: In this poetic and atmospheric horror fable, set in a village in war-torn medieval Japan, a malevolent spirit has been ripping out the throats of itinerant samurai. When a military hero is sent to dispatch the unseen force, he finds that he must struggle with his own personal demons as well. From Kaneto Shindo, director of the terror classic Onibaba, KURONEKO (Black Cat) is a spectacularly eerie twilight tale with a shocking feminist angle, evoked through ghostly special effects and exquisite cinematography.

Language: Japanese

Country of Origin: Japan

Production Year: 1968


  • "Masterpiece! A powerful, haunting and almost unbearably tense films, part ghost story, and part revenge melodrama.", New York
  • "Grabs hold of you fast and tight right from the start.", Manohla Dargis, The New York Times


  • 1969: Winner, Best Cinematography
  • 1969: Winner, Best Actress, Nobuko Otowa

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