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Kuroneko (1968)
"Yabu no naka no kuroneko" (original title)

Not Rated  |   |  Horror  |  24 February 1968 (Japan)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kichiemon Nakamura ...
Gintoki
Nobuko Otowa ...
Yone (Mother)
Kei Satô ...
Raiko
Rokkô Toura ...
A Samurai
Kiwako Taichi ...
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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A MASTERPIECE OF HORROR!
23 August 2001 | by (Birmingham, Ala.) – See all my reviews

Shindo's Kuroneko is an absolute classic of the genre. The film is full of imagery an atmosphere that will haunt the viewer forever. The plot is basically about the revenge of two women who are raped by samurai warriors and then killed.They come back from the grave as cat vampire ghosts who suck the blood of samurai warriors.The parts with the vampires floating through the air are awesome and when they climb trees like cats are very memorable also. One of my favorite moments is when a warrior is walking through the woods and notices something on the back of his horse while he is pulling it.(I don't want to give it away). There are so many things I could say about the film but the bottom line is if you are a vampire or horror movie fan(especially old school) this film is a MUST! You may have to search around for a copy of the film because it is extremely rare but it would be worth the effort. TRUST ME! You will wonder how you ever lived without seeing it!


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