Kuroneko (1968)( Dual Format Blu-ray & DVD)

Release Date: 20 July 2015 | Certificate: Suitable for 15 years and over
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SYNOPSIS:

Kaneto Shindo's Kuroneko (Yabu no naka no kuroneko, or The Black Cat Inside the Bamboo Grove) - released to great acclaim in 1968 - is a sparse, atmospheric horror story, ascribing to the director's philosophy of using beauty and purity to evoke emotion. Eccentric and more overtly supernatural than its breakthrough companion piece, Onibaba, Kuroneko revisits similar themes to reveal a haunting meditation on duty, conformity, and love.

In this magnificently eerie and romantic film - loosely based on the Japanese folktale The Cat's Return - a mother and daughter-in-law (Nobuko Otowa and Kiwako Taichi) are raped and murdered by pillagers, but return from the dead as vampiric cat spirits intent on revenge. As the ghosts lure soldiers into the bamboo groves, a fearless samurai, Gintoki (Kichiemon Nakamura), is sent to stop their reign of terror.

Kuroneko remains a standout film of the kaidan eiga genre of period ghost stories often based on old legends or kabuki plays. Marking Shindo's first use of wire work as Yone and Shige battle against samurai blades, the film is subtly complimented by Kiyomi Kuroda's award-winning chiaroscuro cinematography, Hikaru Hayashi's vibrant score, and riveting performances from many of the greatest actors of Japan's golden age of film. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present Kuroneko in a new Dual-format edition.

Features

SPECIAL FEATURES:

  • Gorgeous 1080p HD transfer on the Blu-ray
  • Original trailer
  • Optional English subtitles
  • 32-PAGE BOOKLET with an essay by Doug Cummings; a 1972 interview with Shindo conducted by Joan Mellen; and rare archival imagery
Release Date: 20 July 2015
Certificate: 15 - Suitable for Persons Aged 15 or Over
SKU: EKA70194