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Ghost Stories (1964) More at IMDbPro »Kaidan (original title)

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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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(196 articles)
User Reviews:
Style IS substance. Another masterpiece by Masaki Kobayashi. See more (69 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")

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
Kazutoshi 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 | USA:125 min (heavily cut) | Japan:161 min (cut version)
Country:
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
Filming Locations:
Company:

Did You Know?

Trivia:
This is the film adaptation of four stories from the book "Kwaidan: Stories and studies of strange things" by Lafcadio Hearn and is actually a collection of Japanese ghost stories, taken from various sources, some even stemming from China. Originally published in 1904, there are actually seventeen ghost stories in total, as well as insect studies including butterflies, mosquitoes and ants.See more »
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18 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Style IS substance. Another masterpiece by Masaki Kobayashi., 4 July 2008
Author: chaos-rampant from Greece

Kwaidan is a four-segment horror anthology but you'd be hard pressed to find one more removed from the typical plastic bats and cobwebs Gothic anthologies of Amicus or Hammer. While it can be billed as a "horror" movie and it deals with the supernatural, it's not really frightening. All four segments are more like traditional Japanese folk legends about ghosts, the kind of spooky stories you could hear an elder narrating to kids around a bonfire in a village near Kyoto or the outskirts of Okinawa. However if "work of art" was a genre, Kwaidan would be among the best it had to offer.

Just two years after the seminal Seppuku which was done in stark black and white with a geometric, well disciplined style, Kobayashi returns with another tour-de-force, this time in extravagant, expressionistic colour. A visual feast proving that in the right hands style can be substance. His camera with its slow tracking shots is like a brush, painting a celluloid canvas with vivid, lush compositions and it comes as no surprise to find out that he had a background in painting. The combination of eerie, supernatural material, the dreamlike atmosphere and the use of colour in lighting and sets reminded me of the great Italian maestro, Mario Bava; although Kwaidan by no means fits in the Gothic horror mold.

Conscious of the folk legend material he's working on, Kobaysi wisely shot the movie in studio sets using large painted backgrounds that look deliberately artificial as much as they look gorgeous. In many ways, it feels like a big stageplay or an elaborate dramatic poem. In that aspect, Kwaidan takes place somewhere between the real and the mythic. A land of some other order.

The stories all revolve around ghosts and are as simple and predictable as any spooky story that you might hear as an adult. But they do a great job of providing an eerie skeleton for Kobayashi to hang on his beautiful style. Style over substance one could argue. Isn't that an erroneous statement though? By making the distinction one implies that style is somehow insubstantial to a film, something that couldn't be further from the truth. The use of colour is incredible, the lighting, at times subtle and evocative or wild and expressionistic, the slow tracking shots, long stretches of silence, a body painted with holy text, Tatsuya Nakadai looking calm and happy for a change, Tetsuro Tamba in full plate samurai armor, white ghastly faces, bodies falling in blood-red waters, a painted sunset backdrop, an intelligent play on vague endings, the minimal score, chords echoing from somewhere. Kwaidan proves that style IS substance. A visual feast by all means.

It's really a shame that Kobayashi is not as widely celebrated as Akira Kurosawa. Kwaidan is just another in a series of absolutely brilliant films he did in the 60's. Beautiful, creepy, poetic, atmospheric as hell; it is the work of a master cinematician and one of the best Japanese movies you're likely to see.

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