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Kuroneko (1968)

Yabu no naka no kuroneko (original title)
Not Rated | | 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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Cast

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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Black Cat  »

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The original title translates to "A Black Cat in a Bamboo Grove." See more »

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The Black Cat - a terrific ghost story
19 October 1998 | by See all my reviews

This is the best ghost movie I have ever seen, and highly unusual. It has gorgeous black and white cinematography, an exotic Japanese feudal setting, and a wide variety of visual and emotional effects. The characters move with the ritual formality that I love in certain Japanese films, and the story moves on with the ruthless intensity of a Noh drama.

The final scene is thrilling. The cinematic supernatural effects are sparingly used and startling.


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