03539cgm a2200745Ka 4500
9781681438825 : $30.00
 by The Criterion Collection, [United States] :
1 videodisc (102 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in.
Form of Work
Title from sell sheet.
Originally produced as a motion picture in 1964.
Special features: audio commnetary from 2001 featuring director Kaneto Shindo and actors Kei Sato and Jitsuko Yoshimua; interview from 2003 with Shindo; on-location footage shot by Kei Sato; trailer; plus: an essay by film critic Elena Lazic, a 2001 director's statement by Shindo, and a version of the Buddhist fable that inspired the film.
Kei Sato, Jitsuko Yoshimura.
Deep in the windswept marshes of war-torn medieval Japan, an impoverished older woman and her daughter-in-law murder lost samurai and sell their belongings for the most meager of sustenance. When a bedraggled neighbor returns from battle, lust, jealousy, and rage threaten to destroy the trio2s tenuous existence before an ominous, ill-gotten demon mask seals their horrifying fate. Driven by primal emotions, dark eroticism, a frenzied score by Hikaru Hayashi, and stunning images both lyrical and macabre, the chilling folktale Onibaba by Kaneto Shindo conjures a nightmarish vision of humankind2s deepest desires and impulses.
Blu-ray, wide screen; requires Blu-ray player.
Japanese dialogue; English subtitles.