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Release Date:
4 February 1965 (USA) See more »
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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  (in credits order)
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

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 Ôhashi .... sound (as Tetsuya Ohashi)
Special Effects by
Yoshio Kurihara .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Yokichi Hishinuma .... gaffer
Fuminori Minami .... camera operator
Kanji Ozeki .... lighting technician
Toshihiko Satô .... 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 .... continuity
Mihoko Yoshino .... production accountant

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

Did You Know?

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 »
Woman:I'm not a demon! I'm a human being!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Night of the Babysitter (2015)See more »


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15 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
Some films stay with you forever.This is one of them., 28 November 2001
Author: terraplane from London

When I first saw this incredible movie many years ago I knew I had seen something unique.I can only re-iterate all the favourable comments which pre-ceed this note.If you have never experienced Onibaba then you are missing out on a movie which will disturb and move you.See it at once.

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