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Kwaidan [Criterion Collection] [Blu-ray] [1964]

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Release Date:10/20/2015
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    Special Features


    • Interview with Kobayashi from 1993, conducted by filmmaker Masahiro Shinoda
    • New audio commentary by film historian Stephen Prince
    • New interview with assistant director Kiyoshi Ogasawara
    • New piece about author Lafcadio Hearn, on whose versions of Japanese folktales Kwaidan is based.
    • Trailers

    Synopsis


    Kwaidan
    Kwaidan is an impressively mounted anthology horror film based on four stories by Lafcadio Hearn, a Greek-born writer who began his career in the United States at the age of 19 and moved permanently to Japan in 1890 at the age of 40, where he eventually became a subject of the empire and took on the name Koizumi Yakuno. Hearn became a conduit of Japanese culture to western audiences, publishing journalism and then fiction incorporating traditional Japanese themes and characters. "Black Hair," the first tale, concerns a samurai who cannot support his wife; he leaves her for a life of wealth and ease with a princess. Returning years later, he spends the night with his wife in their now-dilapidated house, only to awake to a horrifying discovery which drives him insane. In "The Woman of the Snow" (deleted from U.S. theatrical prints after the film's Los Angeles opening; it is on the DVD version), two woodcutters seek refuge during a snowstorm in what appears to be an abandoned hut. A snow witch appears and kills one of them but lets his partner free. Years later, the survivor meets and married a lovely young woman, only to learn her true identity. The most visually impressive tale is "Hoichi the Earless," in which a blind musician is asked by the ghost of a samurai to play for his late infant lord at a tomb. The monks who house the musician cover him with tattoos to prevent any harm coming to him, but they forget his ears. He returns from the engagement with his ears cut off; however, his misadventure propels him to fame. "In a Cup of Tea" concerns a samurai who is haunted by the vision of a man he sees reflected in his tea. Even after he drinks from the cup, he still sees the man while on guard duty. ~ Tom Wiener, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Rentaro Mikuni
      Rentaro Mikuni - Samurai
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      Michiyo Aratama - First Wife
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      Misako Watanabe - Second Wife
    • Keiko Kishi
      Keiko Kishi
    • Tetsuro Tamba
      Tetsuro Tamba - Michi




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