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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.

Special Features

  • Restored high-definition transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
  • Audio commentary from 2001 featuring director Kaneto Shindo and actors Kei Sato and Jitsuko Yoshimura
  • Interview from 2003 with Shindo
  • On-location footage shot by Sato
  • Trailer
  • Stills gallery featuring production sketches and promotional art (DVD only)
  • Filmmaker's statement from writer/director Kaneto Shindo
  • English subtitle translation
  • 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
  • New cover illustration by Edward Kinsella
studio:
  • CRITERION COLLECTION
Run Time:
  • 102 mins Appprox.
Director:
  • Kaneto Shindo
Certificate:
  • NR
Actor:
  • Nobuko Otowa
  • Jitsuko Yoshimura
  • Kei Sato
  • Taiji Tonoyama
  • Jukichi Uno
  • Taiji Tonomura
Subtitle Languages:
  • English

Theatrical Release Year:
  • 1964
Main Language:
  • Japanese
Number of Discs:
  • 1
Region:
  • A
Brand:
  • The Criterion Collection

Onibaba - The Criterion Collection

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Zavvi - The Home of Pop Culture

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.

Special Features

  • Restored high-definition transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
  • Audio commentary from 2001 featuring director Kaneto Shindo and actors Kei Sato and Jitsuko Yoshimura
  • Interview from 2003 with Shindo
  • On-location footage shot by Sato
  • Trailer
  • Stills gallery featuring production sketches and promotional art (DVD only)
  • Filmmaker's statement from writer/director Kaneto Shindo
  • English subtitle translation
  • 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
  • New cover illustration by Edward Kinsella
studio:
  • CRITERION COLLECTION
Run Time:
  • 102 mins Appprox.
Director:
  • Kaneto Shindo
Certificate:
  • NR
Actor:
  • Nobuko Otowa
  • Jitsuko Yoshimura
  • Kei Sato
  • Taiji Tonoyama
  • Jukichi Uno
  • Taiji Tonomura
Subtitle Languages:
  • English

Theatrical Release Year:
  • 1964
Main Language:
  • Japanese
Number of Discs:
  • 1
Region:
  • A
Brand:
  • The Criterion Collection
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