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Kaneto Shindô (writer)
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Release Date:
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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20 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
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Shindo's Kuroneko is an absolute classic of the genre. The film is full of imagery an atmosphere that will haunt the viewer forever. The plot is basically about the revenge of two women who are raped by samurai warriors and then killed.They come back from the grave as cat vampire ghosts who suck the blood of samurai warriors.The parts with the vampires floating through the air are awesome and when they climb trees like cats are very memorable also. One of my favorite moments is when a warrior is walking through the woods and notices something on the back of his horse while he is pulling it.(I don't want to give it away). There are so many things I could say about the film but the bottom line is if you are a vampire or horror movie fan(especially old school) this film is a MUST! You may have to search around for a copy of the film because it is extremely rare but it would be worth the effort. TRUST ME! You will wonder how you ever lived without seeing it!

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