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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:
2 wins See more »
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(346 articles)
User Reviews:
Eerie and atmospheric masterpiece from the director of Onibaba See more (22 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

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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8 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Eerie and atmospheric masterpiece from the director of Onibaba, 20 July 2008
Author: The_Void from Beverley Hills, England

Director Kaneto Shindô is most famous for his 1964 ghost story Onibaba; and anyone that enjoyed that film will certainly enjoy this one. The two films are very similar in style, and that's a good thing for both as the thick and surreal atmosphere created by the director creates a perfect atmosphere for a horror story to take place in. The title of the film translates in English to 'The Black Cat' - a staple of the horror genre ever since Edgar Allen Poe penned his classic story; although this film has nothing to do with the writings of Poe and is an original story written by the director. The film takes place in feudal Japan and our focus is on a mother and daughter-in-law living alone in the swamp. Its war time and all the samurais are out fighting. However, one day a group of them happen on the pair and after eating their food, the samurai's rape the women. Shortly thereafter, many samurai are being found dead in the area; they are drained of blood with their throats ripped out. Naturally the lord of the land comes to the conclusion that a monster is behind it, and sends a young hero to deal with the problem.

Kaneto Shindô is keen to fill his film with rich symbolism and striking visuals; but also finds time for some visceral horror. The opening scenes are shocking and later the films builds into some truly memorable and surreal sequences that, when combined with the atmosphere, do manage to be quite frightening. The swamp location is a really great place for the film to take place also; and the director makes the best of it, especially during the parts in which the younger of the two women is leading the stray samurai's to their death. The film is more than just the central story; and we also follow things going on around it; such as the eventual hero's fight that earned him the right to seek out and kill the demons. The central story is definitely the most interesting, however, and while the sub plots are not boring; I did mostly find myself waiting for the film to get back on track. The way that the story builds into the end, which really brings all the stray subplots together, is really good and the film ends on a very strong note. Overall, The Black Cat is not quite as great as the director's masterpiece Onibaba; but it's certainly a very good horror film.

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