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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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Writer:
Kaneto Shindô (written by)
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Release Date:
4 February 1965 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
After being forcefully inducted as a soldier into war in 14th century Japan, his wife and mother remain living in a swamp... See more » | Add synopsis »
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2 wins See more »
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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
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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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Certification:
Argentina:16 | Canada:AA (Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-16 | 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 Atman (1975)See more »

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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Down in a hole., 27 February 2007
Author: nikhil7179 from India

"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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