Kuroneko [Criterion Collection] [DVD] [1968]

  • SKU: 19447907
  • Release Date: 10/18/2011
  • Rating: NR
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Special Features

  • Video interview with Director Kaneto Shindo from the Director's Guild of Japan
  • New video interview with Film Critic Tadao Sato
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Plus: A booklet featuring an essay by film critic Maitland McDonagh and an excerpt from film scholar Joan Mellen's 1972 interview with Shindo


Set in feudal Japan, this atmospheric and violent ghost story (whose title literally translates as The Black Cat in the Bush) begins with the brutal murder of two women by a band of mercenary samurai, whose leader is subsequently tracked down, seduced, and murdered by a young woman possessed by the shape-shifting specter of his victim. Called upon to avenge the warrior's death is none other than the woman's former husband, who has been ordered by his superiors to assassinate the guilty party. Plot twists abound as the older, vengeful spirit seeks to exact poetic justice despite the younger ghost's reluctance to destroy the man who once loved her. Though not on the epic level of Kwaidan or Onibaba, this adaptation of an ancient folk tale benefits from the same cultural richness, as well as a touch of social allegory. ~ Cavett Binion, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Nobuko Otowa
    Nobuko Otowa - Mother
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    Kiwako Taichi - Daughter-in-Law
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    Kei Sato - Raiko
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    Hideo Kanze - Mikado
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    Taiji Tonoyama - Farmer

Customer rating

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Atmospheric ghost story

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    Meaning "black cat," Kuroneko is a fun little revenge/ghost story. Recommended for fans of classic horror and/or Japanese cinema.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars


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    This movie is beautiful. Great transfer, great movie

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