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Onibaba -- Deep within the wind-swept marshes of war-torn medieval Japan, an impoverished mother and her daughter-in-law eke out a lonely, desperate existence.

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Director:
Writer:
Kaneto Shindô (written by)
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Release Date:
4 February 1965 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
2 wins See more »
NewsDesk:
(15 articles)
User Reviews:
Highly recommended See more (70 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Nobuko Otowa ... Kichi's Mother
Jitsuko Yoshimura ... Kichi's Wife
Kei Satô ... Hachi
Jûkichi Uno ... Samurai General
Taiji Tonoyama ... Ushi
Senshô 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

Directed by
Kaneto Shindô 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Kaneto Shindô  written by

Produced by
Hisao Itoya .... producer
Kazuo Kuwahara .... delegate producer
Tamotsu Minato .... producer
Setsuo Noto .... producer
 
Original Music by
Hikaru Hayashi 
 
Cinematography by
Kiyomi Kuroda 
 
Film Editing by
Toshio Enoki 
 
Art Direction by
Kaneto Shindô 
 
Makeup Department
Shigeo Kobayashi .... makeup department head
Kaneyasu Masuda .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Toshio Miyagawa .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Masami Maeda .... assistant director
Hiroshi Matsumoto .... assistant director
Hiroshi Nagai .... first assistant director
Isao Seki .... assistant director
Yasuhiro Suzuki .... assistant director
Sakurô Yasu .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Toshiharu Takazu .... props
 
Sound Department
Tetsuya Ohashi .... sound
 
Special Effects by
Yoshio Kurihara .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Yokichi Hishinuma .... gaffer
Fuminori Minami .... camera operator
Kanji Ozeki .... lighting technician
Toshihiko Sato .... camera operator
Yoshiteru Takao .... camera operator
Osamu Toyoda .... camera operator
Kichizô Yamashita .... lighting technician
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Yoshio Ueno .... costume supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Mitsuyo Yosoda .... assistant editor
 
Other crew
Shizuka Hanayasu .... production ad
Taro Okamoto .... title designer
Takako Shirota .... archivist
Mihoko Yoshino .... production accountant
 

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Runtime:
103 min | Argentina:105 min
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Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:16 | Canada:AA (Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-16 | Germany:18 | Netherlands:18 (1966) | Sweden:15 | UK:15 (video rating, uncut) (1994) | UK:X (original rating, cut version) (1968) | UK:(Banned) (1965-1968) | USA:Unrated

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Trivia:
The demon mask used in the movie inspired William Friedkin to use a similar design for the makeup in subliminal shots of a white-faced demon in The Exorcist (1973).See more »
Quotes:
Woman:I'm not a demon! I'm a human being!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Pacific Rim (2013)See more »

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15 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Highly recommended, 8 April 2005
Author: Atavisten from Tellus

In the 1400s raging wars between two emperors is being fought. This is not about the wars, but about the poor people struck by it. In a rural location camouflaged by a huge field of tall reeds are two huts. In one of them a young woman lives with her stepmother, her husband went to war. Having had failed crops three times that year they are stricken by poverty. The only way for them to survive is to steal, and the only things to steal are uniforms and swords from dead soldiers or heavily wounded soldiers and then sell them to the underworld. Which by the way is funny, I never thought of the underworld in rural medieval setting before.

This story is just as grim as the demon on the cover. The wind howling in the reeds make for very creepy atmosphere. The music consisting of drums and brassy wind instruments really intensifies the drama.

Just as in sand in Teshigaharas equally excellent 'Suna no Onna' serves as symbol, metaphor and is very important in creating atmosphere we have in 'Onibaba' the tall reeds.

The theme in this, the basic needs and emotions of people, will never be dated. The psychology is thick and real. They are victims of their leaders actions. With all the wars being fought today this is still happening today, please remember that.

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