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Onibaba (1964)

Unrated  |   |  Horror  |  4 February 1965 (USA)
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Two women kill samurai and sell their belongings for a living. While one of them is having an affair with their neighbor, the other woman meets a mysterious samurai wearing a bizarre mask.

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Cast overview:
Nobuko Otowa ...
Kichi's Mother
Jitsuko Yoshimura ...
Kichi's Wife
Kei Satô ...
Hachi
Jûkichi Uno ...
Samurai General
Taiji Tonoyama ...
Ushi
Someshô Matsumoto ...
Runaway Warrior A
Kentarô Kaji ...
Runaway Warrior B
Hosui Araya ...
Ushi's Follower
Fudeko Tanaka ...
Old Woman
Michinori Yoshida ...
Samurai with Blood
Hiroyoshi Yamaguchi ...
Horse Riding Samurai A
Hiroshi Tanaka ...
Horse Riding Samurai B
Kanzô Uni ...
Horse Riding Samurai C
Nobuko Shimakage ...
Child
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After being forcefully inducted as a soldier into war in 14th century Japan, his wife and mother remain living in a swamp. They eke out their living by ambushing worn-out warriors, killing them and selling their belongings to a greedy merchant. The woman comes to mistrust her daughter-in-law who has coupled up with a deserter, and begins to wear a facial mask she has taken from a slain samurai. Soon the mask will not come off again. In this disguise she is at first taken for a demon by her daughter. Written by Michael Jurich <jurich@rummelplatz.uni-mannheim.de>

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Award: Grand Prix Inter-Clubs du Cinéma (France 1966). See more »

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Woman: I'm not a demon! I'm a human being!
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Down in a hole.
27 February 2007 | by (India) – See all my reviews

"Battle not with monsters, lest ye become a monster, and if you gaze into the abyss, the abyss gazes also into you."

Nietzsche

The characters in Onibaba dwell in the bottom rung of Maslow's Pyramid of the Hierarchy of Human Needs.

Their existence is purely based on physiological demands – food, sex, shelter - self-preservation.

Sexuality permeates every frame of this film. It is ever-present along with the oppressive heat and desolation of the characters.

The stark black and white cinematography perfectly captures the mood of the piece.

The score – atonal free jazz coupled with tribal rhythms is cutting edge.

One of the most fiercely primal depictions of the human condition on celluloid, Onibaba is a haunting, mesmeric experience.


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