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Kwaidan ()

Kaidan (original title)
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A collection of four Japanese folk tales with supernatural themes.

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  • Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 5 wins & 1 nomination.
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Cast

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First wife (segment "Kurokami")
Misako Watanabe ...
Second Wife (segment "Kurokami")
Rentarô Mikuni ...
Husband (segment "Kurokami")
Kenjirô Ishiyama ...
Father (segment "Kurokami")
Ranko Akagi ...
Mother (segment "Kurokami")
Fumie Kitahara ...
(segment "Kurokami")
Kappei Matsumoto ...
(segment "Kurokami")
Yoshiko Ieda ...
(segment "Kurokami")
Otome Tsukimiya ...
(segment "Kurokami")
Kenzô Tanaka ...
(segment "Kurokami")
Kiyoshi Nakano ...
(segment "Kurokami")
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Mi nokichi (segment "Yuki-Onna")
Keiko Kishi ...
Yuki the Snow Maiden (segment "Yuki-Onna")
Yûko Mochizuki ...
Minokichi's mother (segment "Yuki-Onna")
Kin Sugai ...
Village woman (segment "Yuki-Onna")
Noriko Sengoku ...
Village woman (segment "Yuki-Onna")
Akiko Nomura ...
(segment "Yuki-Onna")
Torahiko Hamada ...
(segment "Yuki-Onna")
Jun Hamamura ...
(segment "Yuki-Onna")
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Hoichi (segment "Miminashi Hôichi no hanashi")
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Warrior (segment "Miminashi Hôichi no hanashi")
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Head priest (segment "Miminashi Hôichi no hanashi")
Yoichi Hayashi ...
Attendant (segment "Miminashi Hôichi no hanashi")
Eiko Muramatsu ...
Kenreiinmon (segment "Miminashi Hôichi no hanashi")
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Yasaku (segment "Miminashi Hôichi no hanashi")
Kazuo Kitamura ...
Taira no Tomomori (segment "Miminashi Hôichi no hanashi")
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(segment "Miminashi Hôichi no hanashi")
Masanori Tomotake ...
(segment "Miminashi Hôichi no hanashi")
Tokue Hanazawa ...
(segment "Miminashi Hôichi no hanashi")
Shizue Natsukawa ...
Taira no Tokiko (segment "Miminashi Hôichi no hanashi")
Shin Tatsuoka ...
(segment "Miminashi Hôichi no hanashi") (as Susumu Tatsuoka)
Makiko Kitashiro ...
(segment "Miminashi Hôichi no hanashi")
Masakazu Kuwayama ...
(segment "Miminashi Hôichi no hanashi")
Mutsuhiko Tsurumaru ...
(segment "Miminashi Hôichi no hanashi")
Akira Tani ...
Huntsman #2 (segment "Miminashi Hôichi no hanashi")
Yôsuke Kondô ...
(segment "Miminashi Hôichi no hanashi")
Kiyoshi Yamamoto ...
(segment "Miminashi Hôichi no hanashi")
Kinji Omino ...
(segment "Miminashi Hôichi no hanashi")
Atsuo Nakamura ...
(segment "Miminashi Hôichi no hanashi")
Ginzô Sekiguchi ...
(segment "Miminashi Hôichi no hanashi") (as Kinzô Sekiguchi)
Akio Miyabe ...
(segment "Miminashi Hôichi no hanashi")
Gen'ya Nagai ...
(segment "Miminashi Hôichi no hanashi")
Toru Uchida ...
(segment "Miminashi Hôichi no hanashi") (as Tôru Uchida)
Hikaru Jinno ...
(segment "Miminashi Hôichi no hanashi")
Toshio Fukuhara ...
(segment "Miminashi Hôichi no hanashi")
Kirô Abe ...
(segment "Miminashi Hôichi no hanashi")
Toshiro Yagi ...
(segment "Miminashi Hôichi no hanashi") (as Toshirô Yagi)
Yuriko Abe ...
(segment "Miminashi Hôichi no hanashi")
Yuri Satô ...
(segment "Miminashi Hôichi no hanashi")
Kyôichi Satô ...
(segment "Miminashi Hôichi no hanashi")
Nobuo Aikawa ...
(segment "Miminashi Hôichi no hanashi")
Taiji Kodama ...
(segment "Miminashi Hôichi no hanashi")
Nobuaki Maeda ...
(segment "Miminashi Hôichi no hanashi")
Teruhiko Shibata ...
(segment "Miminashi Hôichi no hanashi")
Haruo Kaji ...
(segment "Miminashi Hôichi no hanashi")
Michio Gina ...
(segment "Miminashi Hôichi no hanashi")
Seiji Tabe ...
(segment "Miminashi Hôichi no hanashi")
Mitsuko Narita ...
(segment "Miminashi Hôichi no hanashi")
Noriko Mikura ...
(segment "Miminashi Hôichi no hanashi")
Aiko Nagayama ...
(segment "Miminashi Hôichi no hanashi")
Michiko Nakahata ...
(segment "Miminashi Hôichi no hanashi")
Kan'emon Nakamura ...
Kannai - a Guard (segment "Chawan no naka")
Osamu Takizawa ...
Author / Narrator (segment "Chawan no naka")
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Madame (segment "Chawan no naka")
Ganjirô Nakamura ...
Publisher (segment "Chawan no naka")
Noboru Nakaya ...
Shikibu Heinai (segment "Chawan no naka")
Seiji Miyaguchi ...
Old man (segment "Chawan no naka")
Kei Satô ...
Ghost samurai (segment "Chawan no naka")
Shigeru Kôyama ...
(segment "Chawan no naka")
Jun Tazaki ...
Kannai's Colleague #1 (segment "Chawan no naka")
Junkichi Orimoto ...
(segment "Chawan no naka")
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(segment "Chawan no naka")
Yoshirô Aoki ...
(segment "Chawan no naka")
Isao Tamagawa ...
(segment "Chawan no naka")
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(segment "Chawan no naka")

Directed by

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Masaki Kobayashi

Written by

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Yôko Mizuki ... (screenplay)
 
Lafcadio Hearn ... (novel) (as Yakumo Koizumi)

Produced by

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Takeshi Aikawa ... assistant producer
Satoshi Kohinata ... assistant producer
Minoru Tabata ... assistant producer
Yoshishige Uchiyama ... associate producer
Shigeru Wakatsuki ... producer

Music by

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Tôru Takemitsu

Cinematography by

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Yoshio Miyajima

Film Editing by

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Hisashi Sagara

Editorial Department

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Michio Midorikawa ... color consultant
Shigeyuki Sekine ... colorist
Junichirô Ôsaka ... assistant editor

Art Direction by

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Shigemasa Toda

Set Decoration by

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Dai Arakawa

Costume Design by

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Masahiro Katô

Makeup Department

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Ayako Sakurai ... hair stylist
Shigeru Takagi ... makeup artist

Production Management

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Kazuo Kuwahara ... production supervisor
Michiyoshi Takashima ... executive in charge of production
Yôichi Ukita ... production supervisor

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Gô Yoshida ... first assistant director

Art Department

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Kiyoharu Matsuno ... set designer
Masayoshi Nakamura ... Tannoura battle paintings
Makoto Nishida ... background artist
Naotake Satsumoto ... assistant art director

Sound Department

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Kuniharu Akiyama ... sound designer
Hideo Nishizaki ... sound
Shigenosuke Okuyama ... sound designer
Masaharu Shioda ... sound recordist
Akira Suzuki ... sound designer
Tôru Takemitsu ... sound designer
Kazutoshi Yagihashi ... sound recordist

Stunts

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Tatsuo Hotta ... martial arts

Camera and Electrical Department

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Akira Aomatsu ... gaffer
Toshiyuki Isobe ... assistant camera
Shôjirô Kamohara ... second assistant camera
Yasuhiro Yoshioka ... still photographer
Susumu Ôishi ... assistant photographer

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Yoshio Ueno ... costume researcher

Music Department

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Kinji Tsuruda ... musician: biwa

Other crew

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Kiyoshi Awazu ... title designer
Tadanosuke Sumida ... researcher
Sofu Teshigahara ... titles
Kazuya Uchida ... publicity producer
Eiko Yoshida ... continuity

Production Companies

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Distributors

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Special Effects

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Other Companies

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

This film contains four distinct, separate stories. "Black Hair": A poor samurai who divorces his true love to marry for money, but finds the marriage disastrous and returns to his old wife, only to discover something eerie about her. "The Woman in the Snow": Stranded in a snowstorm, a woodcutter meets an icy spirit in the form of a woman spares his life on the condition that he never tell anyone about her. A decade later he forgets his promise. "Hoichi the Earless": Hoichi is a blind musician, living in a monastery who sings so well that a ghostly imperial court commands him to perform the epic ballad of their death battle for them. But the ghosts are draining away his life, and the monks set out to protect him by writing a holy mantra over his body to make him invisible to the ghosts. But they've forgotten something. "In a Cup of Tea": a writer tells the story of a man who keep seeing a mysterious face reflected in his cup of tea. Written by Kathy Li

Plot Keywords
Taglines In the tradition of "RASHOMON" and "GATE OF HELL" See more »
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Additional Details

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Also Known As
  • Chawan no naka (Japan)
  • Kurokami (Japan)
  • Yuki-Onna (Japan)
  • Miminashi Hôichi no hanashi (Japan)
  • Kwaidan (United States)
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Runtime
  • 183 min
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Box Office

Budget JPY350,000,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia The four vignettes were chosen to represent the four seasons of the year. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Spisok korabley (2008). See more »

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