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Kuroneko -- After being raped and murdered, a woman and her daughter-in-law reap their vengeance as ghosts who drink the blood of wandering samurai. Soon, however, a man who was thought to have died in the war returns...

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Director:
Writer:
Kaneto Shindô (writer)
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Release Date:
24 February 1968 (Japan) See more »
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Plot:
Two women are raped and killed by samurai soldiers. Soon they reappear as vengeful ghosts who seduce and brutally murder the passing samurai. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
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Directed by
Kaneto Shindô 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Kaneto Shindô  writer

Produced by
Nobuyo Horiba .... producer
Kazuo Kuwahara .... producer
Setsuo Noto .... producer
 
Original Music by
Hikaru Hayashi 
 
Cinematography by
Norimichi Igawa 
Kiyomi Kuroda 
 
Film Editing by
Hisao Enoki 
 
Art Direction by
Takashi Marumo 
 
Set Decoration by
Toshiharu Takazu 
 
Makeup Department
Shigeo Kobayashi .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Kôyô Ichinose .... production supervisor
Mihoko Yoshino .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Katsuji Hoshi .... assistant director
Seijirô Kamiyama .... assistant director
Atsushi Kugami .... assistant director
Hiroshi Matsumoto .... first assistant director
Tadao Suzuki .... assistant director
Takase Usui .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Iwao Katô .... set designer
Yasuhiro Katô .... set designer
 
Sound Department
Tetsuya Ohashi .... sound
 
Stunts
Ryûji Ueno .... fight choreographer
Masatoshi Ôya .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Hiroaki Fujiama .... lighting technician
Tamotsu Hirose .... lighting technician
Ushinosuke Kamo .... still photographer
Tsuyoshi Kashiyama .... camera operator
Kunio Kido .... lighting technician
Takeshi Kitamura .... camera operator
Fuminori Minami .... camera operator
Yasuzô Nishikawa .... lighting technician
Shôichi Tabata .... gaffer
Yoshiteru Takao .... camera operator
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Yoshio Ueno .... costume researcher
 
Editorial Department
Yôko Fujigasaki .... assistant editor
Akiko Komori .... assistant editor
 
Other crew
Shizuka Hanayasu .... publicity producer
Hideo Kanze .... Nô sketches director
Takako Shirota .... archivist
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Yabu no naka no kuroneko" - Japan (original title)
"Black Cat" - USA (informal title)
"The Black Cat from the Grove" - International (English title) (literal English title)
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Runtime:
99 min
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Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
UK:X (original rating) | UK:15 (video rating) (1995) | USA:Not Rated

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17 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Terrifying Black Cat, 25 January 2006
Author: daviesnancy from United States

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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