Onibaba

Edition no. 226

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Licensor
Toho Co.
Directed by: Kaneto Shindo

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 trio’s 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 humankind’s deepest desires and impulses.

Technical Specifications

Format: Blu-ray
Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1
Audio: Japanese 1.0 PCM Mono
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Subtitles: English
Region: A
Discs: 1 Disc |  BD-50

Supplements

  • Audio commentary from 2001 featuring director Kaneto Shindo and actors Kei Sato and Jitsuko Yoshimura
  • Interview from 2003 with Kaneto Shindo
  • On-location footage shot by Sato
  • Trailer
  • 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

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