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 classicOnibaba, Kuroneko(Black Cat) is a spectacularly eerie twilight tale with a shocking feminist angle, evoked through ghostly special effects and exquisite cinematography.
Black & White
New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
Video interview with director Kaneto Shindo from the Directors Guild of Japan
New video interview with critic Tadao Sato
New and improved English subtitle translation
PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by film critic Maitland McDonagh and an excerpt from film scholar Joan Mellen’s 1972 interview with Shindo