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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:
A collection of four Japanese folk tales with supernatural themes. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 5 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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(186 articles)
User Reviews:
A high-class horror anthology laced with unforgettable imagery.. See more (68 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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Language:
Color:
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:PG | Finland:K-16 | Singapore:PG | Spain:18 | UK:X (theatrical rating) | UK:PG (video rating) | USA:Not Rated
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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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27 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
A high-class horror anthology laced with unforgettable imagery.., 20 January 2000
Author: BaronWolfgangVonSchreck (radu@pipeline.com) from Brooklyn, New York

The words "beautiful", "lyrical" and "evocative" aren't ones that you would normally attribute to a horror movie, but they are precisely the ones that best describe Kwaidan, a quintet of Samurai Gothics based (interestingly enough) on the writings of an American author by the name of Lafcadio Hearn. Shot in gorgeous, sumptuous color way back in 1964 by director Masaki Kobayashi, Kwaidan is an unusual, unique and quite extraordinary entry in the old horror anthology genre best represented by 1945's Dead of Night and Milton Subotsky's Amicus anthology series (i.e. Dr. Terror's House of Horrors, Tales From the Crypt & Asylum).

Kwaidan differentiates itself from the pack in a number of significant ways. To begin with, all of the episodes eschew the usual O. Henry "twist" endings and deliberately telegraph their punches, case in point being "Hoichi the Earless", which gives away its climax with its very title! This film is also missing the compulsory "wrap-around" story normally employed by anthology films to tie all the stories together, and the horror elements are far more low-key than most horror aficianados are used to. Kwaidan is far less concerned with springing shocks and fraying nerves than it is in exploring the whirlwind of conflicting emotions that swirl in the dark night of the human soul.

"The Black Hair" is the tale of an impoverished samurai who abandons his loyal and loving wife to marry the daughter of a wealthy lord in another province, only to discover many years later that he is still in love with his first spouse. He returns to their decaying old house to find her exactly as he left her, affectionate and forgiving as could be. You know something in this household just ain't right. "The Woman in the Snow" concerns an apprentice woodcutter who encounters an eerily beautiful female ice-vampire - called a "Yuki-Onna - who spares his life on the condition that he never tell a soul about their encounter. (If you saw the last episode of the flaccid Tales From the Darkside movie, on which this was based, you have an idea of how this one ends).

"Hoichi the Earless", easily the most powerful of the bunch, regards a blind biwa (a stringed instrument resembling a guitar) player renowned for his moving rendition of the tragic tale of the battle between the Genji and Heiki clans. Each night he is summoned to the nearby graveyard to chant the epic tale for the ghosts of the warriors who fell in that battle, duped by the spirits into believing that he's performing in the home of a wealthy lord. When Hoichi disocvers that he has been decieved by the dead and refuses to perform for them again, the ghosts exact a terrible revenge.

A note of warning to those deterred by long foreign films: this shimmering jewel in Japanese cinema's crown clocks in at nearly three hours of length and is, of course, fully subtitled. Visually bold, rich and color and texture, and atmospherically photographed with a spine-tingling elegance, I can't guarantee that you'll like Kwaidan, but I think that I can safely assure you'll never forget it. Highly recommended, especially for Japanophiles and those with a taste for high class horror.

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