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Onibaba (1964)

Not Rated | | Drama, Horror | 4 February 1965 (USA)
Two women kill samurais and sell their belongings for a living. While one of them is having an affair with their neighbor, the other woman meets a mysterious samurai wearing a bizarre mask.

Director:

Kaneto Shindô

Writer:

Kaneto Shindô
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Cast overview:
Nobuko Otowa ... Kichi's Mother
Jitsuko Yoshimura ... Kichi's Wife
Kei Satô ... Hachi
Jûkichi Uno Jûkichi Uno ... Samurai General
Taiji Tonoyama ... Ushi
Someshô Matsumoto Someshô Matsumoto ... Runaway Warrior A
Kentarô Kaji Kentarô Kaji ... Runaway Warrior B
Hosui Araya Hosui Araya ... Ushi's Follower
Fudeko Tanaka Fudeko Tanaka ... Old Woman
Michinori Yoshida Michinori Yoshida ... Samurai with Blood
Hiroyoshi Yamaguchi Hiroyoshi Yamaguchi ... Horse Riding Samurai A
Hiroshi Tanaka Hiroshi Tanaka ... Horse Riding Samurai B
Kanzô Uni Kanzô Uni ... Horse Riding Samurai C
Nobuko Shimakage Nobuko Shimakage ... Child
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In the Fourteenth Century, during a civil war in Japan, a middle-aged woman and her daughter-in-law survive in a hut in a field of reed killing warriors and soldiers to trade their possessions for food. When their neighbor Hachi defects from the war and returns home, they learn that their son and husband Kichi died while stealing supplies from farmers. Soon Hachi seduces the young widow and she sneaks out of her hut every night to have sex with him. When the older woman finds the affair of her daughter-in-law, she pleads with Hachi to leave the young woman with her since she would not be able to kill the warriors without her help. However, Hachi ignores her request and continues to meet the young woman. When a samurai wearing a demon mask stumbles upon the older woman at her hut asking her to guide him out of the field, she lures him and he falls in the pit where she drops the bodies of her victims. She climbs down the hole to take his possessions and his mask, and she finds he is a ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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The most daring film import ever...from Japan!

Genres:

Drama | Horror

Certificate:

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Historically, the events of 'OniBaba' take place a brief time after the Battle of Minatogawa. This battle sparked a 50 year civil war known as the Nanboku-cho period, and lasted from 1336 to 1392. In the film, the character Hachi speaks of an attack by General Takauji Ashikaga, historically, Ashikaga would come to power in the 1330s. See more »

Quotes

Woman: I'm not a demon! I'm a human being!
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Alternate Versions

Originally cut in England when released in 1968, though the video releases are uncut. See more »

Connections

Featured in Cineficción Radio: Más horror japonés (2020) See more »

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solid rural horror fantasy
24 December 2004 | by fertilecelluloidSee all my reviews

Director Kaneto Shindo's ONIBABA is a fantastic, rich, atmospheric horror film set in an amazing rural location. Its influence on decades of rural-set genre pics is undeniable.

In a medieval, warring Japan, a wild, young woman and her mother-in-law rob and kill lost samurai in order to survive. Problems begin when the younger woman becomes involved with an intended victim.

Staged in a rural world of tall, swaying grass and swollen rivers, the film contains little dialogue and little exposition. It relies heavily on the non-verbal performances of the female leads and the superbly conveyed location.

It is erotic, creepy, sensual, savage and beautiful.

Cinematic poetry.


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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

4 February 1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Onibaba See more »

Filming Locations:

Japan

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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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