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 ...
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The most daring film import ever...from Japan!
Did You Know?
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
I'm not a demon! I'm a human being!
Originally cut in England when released in 1968, though the video releases are uncut. See more