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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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Drama | Fantasy | Horror

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The original title translates to "A Black Cat in a Bamboo 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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A good example of a japanese ghost story
25 June 1999 | by (San Francisco, CA) – See all my reviews

Very similar to Shindo's masterpiece "Onibaba". A mother and daughter-in-law seek vengeance on the samurai class for the suffering they have been put through. Female spirits luring lustful men to their doom is a very common theme in Japanese ghost stories ie. Ugetsu, Kaidan, etc. In this tale there is the added conflict when the son/husband is sent to destroy them. Very well done and very creepy.


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