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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:
Tagline:
In the tradition of "RASHOMON" and "GATE OF HELL" See more »
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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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 Tamba ... Warrior (segment "Miminashi Hôichi no hanashi") (as Tetsurô Tanba)

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")
Shin Tatsuoka ... (segment "Miminashi Hôichi no hanashi") (as Susumu Tatsuoka)
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
Satoshi Kohinata .... 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 .... gaffer
Toshiyuki Isobe .... assistant camera
Shôjirô 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
Tadanosuke Sumida .... researcher
Sofu Teshigahara .... titles
Kazuya Uchida .... publicity producer
Eiko Yoshida .... continuity
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Kaidan" - Japan (original title)
"Ghost Stories" - International (literal English title), USA (informal literal title)
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Runtime:
183 min | Argentina:162 min | USA:125 min (heavily cut) | 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:
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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22 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
marvellous fairy-tales: directorial and cinematographic fabulous, 2 August 2001
Author: rogierr from Amsterdam, Netherlands

Cinematographer Yoshio Miyajima did a marvellous job, although most of the visuals in this masterpiece are obviously invented by Kobayashi. It is clearly studio-work, but Kobayashi turns that to his advance by making the most marvellous background paintings I've ever seen in a movie and his virtuosity comes to full exposure in the light effects that are fabulous for such an old film. That together with the beautiful colors creates a mesmerizing and sometimes terrifying experience. 'Marco the magnificent' (Patelliere&Howard, 1964) reminded me of the visuals in Kwaidan, because of the beautiful environmental shots and because of the (supposed) history of mixture of eastern and western stories. Forget that movie instantly plz. Another film that has nothing to do with this one, but is brilliant and comparable only because of the episode structure, the fairy-tale nature and great cinematography is Kaos (Taviani, 1984).

Kwaidan has such a haunting effect because of the scary music and the sound effects are unnerving(-ly edited). Some call it horror. I thought the pace was rather slow for horror, but it is a film that does not let go easily. The actors (one of which is Takeshi Shimura) convince enthusiastically and they too make it an entertaining film. According to the user-rating this is Kobayashi's least interesting work of these three: Joi-uchi, Seppuku, and Kwaidan. I can't wait to see the other two, although I don't think they can surpass this masterpiece.

10 points out of 10 :-)

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