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Kaneto Shindô (writer)
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24 February 1968 (Japan) See more »
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 »
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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 Ôhashi .... sound (as Tetsuya Ohashi)
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 .... continuity

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Yabu no naka no kuroneko" - Japan (original title)
"A Black Cat in a Bamboo Grove" - International (English title) (imdb display title)
"Black Cat" - USA (informal title)
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99 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
UK:X (original rating) | UK:15 (video rating) (1995) | USA:Not Rated

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The original title translates to "A Black Cat in a Bamboo Grove."See more »
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24 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
A fine companion piece to Onibaba, 12 September 2005
Author: Prof-Hieronymos-Grost from Ireland

THE SYNOPSIS In warring feudal Japan, a group of marauding Samurai seeking food exits the forest where they come across a house that should have what they require. On entering the house they find it has what they want and a lot more….it has women too. The inhabitants an elderly woman and her daughter in law are both subjected to continuous rape as each Samurai takes their turn, the others plunder the women's food stocks.After the Samurai have satiated their appetites,they leave the women, now unconscious for dead and set fire to their home as they flee.When the fire eventually burns out all we see are the burned and battered bodies of the women and their helpless black kitten as it licks their wounds.

Rajomon Gate….a Samurai approaches on horseback and is met by a spectral vision of a woman, who tells him she is too afraid to make her journey home because she has to pass the Bamboo Grove, which is a haven for bandits and highwaymen. The Samurai agrees to accompany her to her home, where he is plied with sake. The Daughter in laws husband Hachi, we learn has been at war for three years and has still not returned The daughter in law then proceeds to seduce the Samurai, before she brutally attacks him, devouring his throat and sucking his blood…..for we learn that the two women are in fact the newly embodied spirits of the dead women murdered by the Samurai who have made a pact with the Evil Gods/Spirits, who have allowed them life, on condition that they murder all Samurai who pass their way.

Far to the East, a sole warrior named Hachi is all that remains after a massive and bloody battle.Hachi returns home to find his home burned and his family missing, he seeks employment from the Samurai leader at Rajomon Gate named Raiko, who after hearing Hachi's brave stories takes him on. Hachi's first task is to rid the area of the spectral beasts that have been claiming the lives of his warriors…..and so Hachi sets off unknowingly to kill his own family.

THE REVIEW Unquestionably a companion piece to Onibaba, a film by the same Director…it was made to cash in on the success of Onibaba which had been met by a wave of good criticism in the west….and also because Shindo's other contemporary works had been less critically received mainly due to their overtly sexual content. Kiyomi Kuroda's award winning cinematography sets the tone for this film, its Chiaroscuro/Noir visuals are nothing short of breathtaking. The underlying tragic story of lost love is also dealt with brilliantly by Shindo who is on fine form again….the story is compelling except for the first twenty minutes which became a bit repetitive as Samurai after Samurai was seduced and killed by the women, but this ploy was used to bring the story forward so I wont criticize too much.All in all, a worthwhile buy if you like Onibaba or Asian Cinema,but the DVD despite the films stunning print is very bare.

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