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
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 »
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 »
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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