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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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14 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Incredibly atmospheric ghost story, 16 April 2006
Author: Chung Mo from NYC

Shot in black and white, this film has some unique imagery to accompany the creepy haunting.

Very much in the style of Kwaidan and other Japanese supernatural films of the 1960's. And very much a traditional Japanese ghost story where ghosts and evil spirits inhabit a world of logic alien to the real world. Western ghosts stories usually have the spirits think as living people do. Japanese spirits behave in bizarre ways that are much more disturbing.

The film follows the two spirits of a murdered wife and mother-in-law as they proceed to kill and drink the blood of any samurai that passes their neighborhood. The film, while very well made, is slightly routine at this point. When the husband returns a war hero, the film becomes poetic as he is assigned the task of eliminating the "monster" that is killing samurai. His encounters with his now demonic wife and mother comprise the rest of the film.

A truly excellent film. Any fan of the new Japanese horror films should see where they come from.

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