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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:
(16 articles)
User Reviews:
very creepy flick 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
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 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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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 Atman (1975)See more »

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19 out of 35 people found the following review useful.
very creepy flick, 30 June 2005
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

While not the greatest Japanese movie ever made, this proves that you don't need Akira Kurasawa to direct an excellent Japanese film.

"Onibaba" is Japanese for "grandma-monster" and this refers to a story the older woman tells the younger in order to get her to stay home and stop carrying on her affair with a ne'er-do-well. Unfortunately, when the older lady dresses up AS the monster in order to scare her, things change for the worse unexpectedly.

Despite this brief description, this isn't really a horror movie, but a tale about three basically greedy people. So what did I like about it? Well, the story has such interesting twists and turns that keep the viewer guessing and it is a good study of human nature in its worst form. Overall, very odd but captivating.

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