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Director:
Writers:
Yôko Mizuki (screenplay)
Lafcadio Hearn (novel)
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Release Date:
22 November 1965 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Plot:
This film contains four distinct, separate stories. "Black Hair": A poor samurai who divorces his true love to marry for money... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 5 wins & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Classical Japanese tragedy, Expressionist visual style See more (67 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Michiyo Aratama ... First wife (segment "Kurokami")
Misako Watanabe ... Second Wife (segment "Kurokami")
Rentarô Mikuni ... Husband (segment "Kurokami")
Kenjirô Ishiyama ... Father (segment "Kurokami")
Ranko Akagi ... Mother (segment "Kurokami")
Fumie Kitahara ... (segment "Kurokami")
Kappei Matsumoto ... (segment "Kurokami")
Yoshiko Ieda ... (segment "Kurokami")
Otome Tsukimiya ... (segment "Kurokami")
Kenzô Tanaka ... (segment "Kurokami")
Kiyoshi Nakano ... (segment "Kurokami")

Tatsuya Nakadai ... Mi nokichi (segment "Yuki-Onna")
Keiko Kishi ... Yuki the Snow Maiden (segment "Yuki-Onna")
Yûko Mochizuki ... Minokichi's mother (segment "Yuki-Onna")
Kin Sugai ... Village woman (segment "Yuki-Onna")
Noriko Sengoku ... Village woman (segment "Yuki-Onna")
Akiko Nomura ... (segment "Yuki-Onna")
Torahiko Hamada ... (segment "Yuki-Onna")
Jun Hamamura ... (segment "Yuki-Onna")
Katsuo Nakamura ... Hoichi (segment "Miminashi Hôichi no hanashi")
Tetsurô Tanba ... Warrior (segment "Miminashi Hôichi no hanashi")

Takashi Shimura ... Head priest (segment "Miminashi Hôichi no hanashi")
Yoichi Hayashi ... Attendant (segment "Miminashi Hôichi no hanashi")
Eiko Muramatsu ... Kenreiinmon (segment "Miminashi Hôichi no hanashi")
Kunie Tanaka ... Yasaku (segment "Miminashi Hôichi no hanashi")
Kazuo Kitamura ... Taira no Tomomori (segment "Miminashi Hôichi no hanashi")
Ichirô Nakatani ... (segment "Miminashi Hôichi no hanashi")
Masanori Tomotake ... (segment "Miminashi Hôichi no hanashi")
Tokue Hanazawa ... (segment "Miminashi Hôichi no hanashi")
Shizue Natsukawa ... Taira no Tokiko (segment "Miminashi Hôichi no hanashi")
Susumu Tatsuoka ... (segment "Miminashi Hôichi no hanashi")
Makiko Kitashiro ... (segment "Miminashi Hôichi no hanashi")
Masakazu Kuwayama ... (segment "Miminashi Hôichi no hanashi")
Mutsuhiko Tsurumaru ... (segment "Miminashi Hôichi no hanashi")
Akira Tani ... Huntsman #2 (segment "Miminashi Hôichi no hanashi")
Yôsuke Kondô ... (segment "Miminashi Hôichi no hanashi")
Kiyoshi Yamamoto ... (segment "Miminashi Hôichi no hanashi")
Kinji Omino ... (segment "Miminashi Hôichi no hanashi")
Atsuo Nakamura ... (segment "Miminashi Hôichi no hanashi")
Ginzô Sekiguchi ... (segment "Miminashi Hôichi no hanashi") (as Kinzô Sekiguchi)
Akio Miyabe ... (segment "Miminashi Hôichi no hanashi")
Gen'ya Nagai ... (segment "Miminashi Hôichi no hanashi")
Toru Uchida ... (segment "Miminashi Hôichi no hanashi") (as Tôru Uchida)
Hikaru Jinno ... (segment "Miminashi Hôichi no hanashi")
Toshio Fukuhara ... (segment "Miminashi Hôichi no hanashi")
Kirô Abe ... (segment "Miminashi Hôichi no hanashi")
Toshiro Yagi ... (segment "Miminashi Hôichi no hanashi") (as Toshirô Yagi)
Yuriko Abe ... (segment "Miminashi Hôichi no hanashi")
Yuri Satô ... (segment "Miminashi Hôichi no hanashi")
Kyôichi Satô ... (segment "Miminashi Hôichi no hanashi")
Nobuo Aikawa ... (segment "Miminashi Hôichi no hanashi")
Taiji Kodama ... (segment "Miminashi Hôichi no hanashi")
Nobuaki Maeda ... (segment "Miminashi Hôichi no hanashi")
Teruhiko Shibata ... (segment "Miminashi Hôichi no hanashi")
Haruo Kaji ... (segment "Miminashi Hôichi no hanashi")
Michio Gina ... (segment "Miminashi Hôichi no hanashi")
Seiji Tabe ... (segment "Miminashi Hôichi no hanashi")
Mitsuko Narita ... (segment "Miminashi Hôichi no hanashi")
Noriko Mikura ... (segment "Miminashi Hôichi no hanashi")
Aiko Nagayama ... (segment "Miminashi Hôichi no hanashi")
Michiko Nakahata ... (segment "Miminashi Hôichi no hanashi")
Kan'emon Nakamura ... Kannai - a Guard (segment "Chawan no naka")
Osamu Takizawa ... Author / Narrator (segment "Chawan no naka")
Haruko Sugimura ... Madame (segment "Chawan no naka")
Ganjirô Nakamura ... Publisher (segment "Chawan no naka")
Noboru Nakaya ... Shikibu Heinai (segment "Chawan no naka")
Seiji Miyaguchi ... Old man (segment "Chawan no naka")
Kei Satô ... Ghost samurai (segment "Chawan no naka")
Shigeru Kôyama ... (segment "Chawan no naka")
Jun Tazaki ... Kannai's Colleague #1 (segment "Chawan no naka")
Junkichi Orimoto ... (segment "Chawan no naka")
Akiji Kobayashi ... (segment "Chawan no naka")
Yoshirô Aoki ... (segment "Chawan no naka")
Isao Tamagawa ... (segment "Chawan no naka")
Hideyo Amamoto ... (segment "Chawan no naka")
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Directed by
Masaki Kobayashi 
 
Writing credits
Yôko Mizuki (screenplay)

Lafcadio Hearn (novel) (as Yakumo Koizumi)

Produced by
Takeshi Aikawa .... assistant producer
Naotomo Kome .... assistant producer
Minoru Tabata .... assistant producer
Yoshishige Uchiyama .... associate producer
Shigeru Wakatsuki .... producer
 
Original Music by
Tôru Takemitsu 
 
Cinematography by
Yoshio Miyajima 
 
Film Editing by
Hisashi Sagara 
 
Art Direction by
Shigemasa Toda 
 
Set Decoration by
Dai Arakawa 
 
Costume Design by
Masahiro Katô 
 
Makeup Department
Ayako Sakurai .... hair stylist
Shigeru Takagi .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Kazuo Kuwahara .... production supervisor
Michiyoshi Takashima .... executive in charge of production
Yôichi Ukita .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gô Yoshida .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Kiyoharu Matsuno .... set designer
Masayoshi Nakamura .... Tannoura battle paintings
Makoto Nishida .... background artist
Naotake Satsumoto .... assistant art director
 
Sound Department
Kuniharu Akiyama .... sound designer
Hideo Nishizaki .... sound
Shigenosuke Okuyama .... sound designer
Masaharu Shioda .... sound recordist
Akira Suzuki .... sound designer
Tôru Takemitsu .... sound designer
Mannen Yagihashi .... sound recordist
 
Stunts
Tatsuo Hotta .... martial arts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Akira Aomatsu .... lighting technician
Toshiyuki Isobe .... assistant camera
Shôichirô Kamohara .... second assistant camera
Yasuhiro Yoshioka .... still photographer
Susumu Ôishi .... assistant photographer
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Yoshio Ueno .... costume researcher
 
Editorial Department
Michio Midorikawa .... color consultant
Shigeyuki Sekine .... colorist
Junichirô Ôsaka .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Kinji Tsuruda .... musician: biwa
 
Other crew
Kiyoshi Awazu .... title designer
Kinnosuke Sumida .... researcher
Sofu Teshigahara .... titles
Kazuya Uchida .... publicity producer
Eiko Yoshida .... archivist
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Kaidan" - Japan (original title)
"Kwaidan" - Australia, Canada (English title), International (English title) (imdb display title), UK, USA
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Runtime:
183 min | Argentina:162 min | Spain:182 min (25 fps) (DVD edition) | USA:125 min | Japan:161 min (cut version)
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Color:
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Although most of the vignettes acknowledge a passage of time, in some cases several years, the months of principle action in the film are, in order, September, December, March, and February (or New Year's Day of the Fourth Tenwa).See more »
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62 out of 69 people found the following review useful.
Classical Japanese tragedy, Expressionist visual style, 12 December 2000
Author: Paul Weiss from Oregon, USA

There's a good bit of discussion of this film as "horror"; may I suggest that it's horrific in the sense of the ancient Greek tragedies. There's no attempt to coerce your Hollywood-abused adrenals into delivering just one more squirt by means of some in-your-face special effect. In fact, for each of these slowly developed stories, once you've understood the premise, the story will unfold pretty much as you've guessed it must, inexorably, relentlessly. The ghosts aren't there to "spook" us, they're to show us our common human spiritual and emotional failings. The horror of a ghost wife, for instance, isn't that her chains drag noisily across the the hardwood parquet floor, but that we've created her by our insensitivity, our misplaced values, or our betrayals.

The visual style is stupendous! The action takes place in a disappeared, iconic world of classical medieval Japan, perfect, and admitting no trace of the reality of modern times. Overlaid is a European Expressionist color sensibility, with emotionally charged color displacements of sky and skin, as if Hokusai and Ernst Ludwig Kirchner had been working cooperatively on the sets and lighting.

This is a wonderful movie. Please ignore attempts to fit it into some box, some genre. Rather look at it as a mature work of art, which happens to choose old Japanese ghost stories as its starting point.

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