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Yabu no naka no kuroneko (1968)

Not Rated | | Drama, Fantasy, Horror | 24 February 1968 (Japan)
Two women are raped and killed by samurai soldiers. Soon they reappear as vengeful ghosts who seduce and brutally murder the passing samurai.

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Gintoki
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Yone (Mother)
Kei Satô ...
Raiko
Rokkô Toura ...
A Samurai
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Shige (Daughter-in-Law)
Taiji Tonoyama ...
A Farmer
Hideo Kanze ...
Mikado
Eimei Esumi
Shôji Ôki
Kentarô Kaji
Masaru Miyata
Noriyuki Nishiuchi
Eishu Kaneda
Jôji Taki
Miyako Kasai
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A woman and her daughter-in-law are raped and murdered by samurais during the time of civil war. Afterwards, a series of samurai returning from the war through that area are found mysteriously dead with their throats torn out. The governor calls in a wild and fierce young hero, to quell what is evidently a ghost. He encounters the two beautiful women, in an eerie, beautiful scene. After spiritual purification, he meets the demon in a thrilling fight. Written by xenophil

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The original title translates to "In the Grove of the Black Cat" and is a direct reference to the Yasunori Kowabata story, "Yabu no Naka" ("In a Grove"). See more »

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During the fight between the Samourai and the ghost of his mother near the end of the movie, the ropes used to lift the actress are clearly visible on several shots. See more »

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Terrifying Black Cat
25 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

First of all, I would LOVE to know why this classic of Japanese 60's cinema is NOT in VHS or better yet, DVD, format in Region 1 format???

It's a real shame, as it is a perfect pairing with Onibaba(which was a terrifying double bill in San Francisco in 1978, thereabouts). It explores the touchy subject of revenge, revenge for terrible deeds done to the women, and how perfectly they exact their revenge from the grave. Guaranteed you will never hear the rustling sounds of bamboo ever the same again.

This is a movie for adults, as the subject matter is intense. It is an indictment of how women were and are treated in warfare, and the horrifying toll it takes on everyone.

I highly recommend this film. If you can locate it-for some odd reason it is extremely hard to get, and it deserves a much wider audience.


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