Kuroneko Blu-Ray + DVD

Kuroneko Blu-Ray + DVD
Kaneto Shindo's Kuroneko (Yabu no naka no kuroneko, or The Black Cat Inside the Bamboo Grove) - released to great acclaim in 1968 - is a sparse, atmospheric horror story, adhering to the director's philosophy of using beauty and purity to evoke emotion. Eccentric and more overtly supernatural than its breakthrough companion piece, Onibaba, Kuroneko revisits similar themes to reveal a haunting meditation on duty, conformity, and love. In this magnificently eerie and romantic film - loosely based on the Japanese folktale "The Cat's Return" - a mother and daughter-in-law (Nobuko Otowa and Kiwako Taichi) are raped and murdered by pillagers, but return from the dead as vampiric cat spirits intent on revenge. As the ghosts lure soldiers into the bamboo groves, a fearless samurai, Gintoki (Kichiemon Nakamura), is sent to stop their reign of terror. Kuroneko remains a standout film of the kaidan-eiga genre of period ghost stories often based on old legends or kabuki plays. Marking Shindo's first use of wire work as Yone and Shige battle against samurai blades, the film is subtly complimented by Kiyomi Kuroda's award-winning chiaroscuro cinematography, Hikaru Hayashi's vibrant score, and riveting performances from many of the greatest actors of Japan's golden age of film. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present Kuroneko on DVD and for the first time on Blu-ray in the UK.

Special Features
Gorgeous 1080p HD Transfer On The Blu-Ray, Optional English Subtitles, Original Trailer, 32-Page Booklet With An Essay By Doug Cummings; A 1972 Interview With Shindo Conducted By Joan Mellen; And Rare Archival Imagery
Aspect Ratio2.35:1
Case TypeAmaray Single
CastKichiemon Nakamura,Nobuko Otowa,Kei Sato
ColourBlack & White
DirectorKaneto Shindo
FormatIncludes - Booklet
HOH (Hard of Hearing)No
RegionDVD 2
RegionBlu-Ray B
Run Time100
Special Features

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Tags: 1960s, Masters of Cinema, Japanese, Cine Asia