Dir. Kaneto Shindô (1964); Japan, 103m
Starring: Nobuko Otowa, Jitsuko Yoshimura, Kei Satô
Japanese with English subtitles
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Onibaba is a chilling dreamlike piece of horror that takes place deep within the windswept marshes of war-torn medieval Japan. Taking from the masks of traditional Noh theater, Kaneto Shindô forges an uniquely Japanese horror aesthetic. An impoverished mother (Nobuko Otowa) and her daughter-in-law (Jitsuko Yoshimura) scrape out a lonely, feral existence. Forced to murder and rob lost samurai to sell their weapons and armour; once a samurai appears wearing a Noh mask things take a lurid turn. Although set during the mid-fourteenth century, Onibaba innovatively explores the lasting tragedies of WWII and Japan’s passive involvement as America’s Cold War ally during the Vietnam war.
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