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Yabu no naka no kuroneko (1968)

Two women are raped and killed by samurai soldiers. Soon they reappear as vengeful ghosts who seduce and brutally murder the passing samurai.

Director:

Kaneto Shindô

Writer:

Kaneto Shindô
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kichiemon Nakamura ... Gintoki
Nobuko Otowa ... Yone (Mother)
Kei Satô Kei Satô ... Raiko
Rokkô Toura Rokkô Toura ... A Samurai
Kiwako Taichi ... Shige (Daughter-in-Law)
Taiji Tonoyama ... A Farmer
Hideo Kanze Hideo Kanze ... Mikado
Eimei Esumi Eimei Esumi
Shôji Ôki Shôji Ôki
Kentarô Kaji Kentarô Kaji
Masaru Miyata Masaru Miyata
Noriyuki Nishiuchi Noriyuki Nishiuchi
Eishu Kaneda Eishu Kaneda
Jôji Taki Jôji Taki
Miyako Kasai Miyako Kasai
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Storyline

A woman and her daughter-in-law are raped and murdered by samurais during the time of civil war. Afterwards, a series of samurai returning from the war through that area are found mysteriously dead with their throats torn out. The governor calls in a wild and fierce young hero, to quell what is evidently a ghost. He encounters the two beautiful women, in an eerie, beautiful scene. After spiritual purification, he meets the demon in a thrilling fight. Written by xenophil

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Drama | Horror

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

24 February 1968 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Black Cat See more »

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Production Co:

Toho Company See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The original title translates to "In the Grove of the Black Cat" and is a direct reference to the Ryunosuke Akutagawa story, "Yabu no Naka" ("In a Grove"), which also inspired Kurosawa for Rashomon. See more »

Goofs

During the fight between the Samurai and the ghost of his mother near the end of the movie, the ropes used to lift the actress are clearly visible on several shots. See more »

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A good example of a japanese ghost story
25 June 1999 | by freakusSee all my reviews

Very similar to Shindo's masterpiece "Onibaba". A mother and daughter-in-law seek vengeance on the samurai class for the suffering they have been put through. Female spirits luring lustful men to their doom is a very common theme in Japanese ghost stories ie. Ugetsu, Kaidan, etc. In this tale there is the added conflict when the son/husband is sent to destroy them. Very well done and very creepy.


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