Director: Kaneto Shindō Run Time: 105 min. Release Year: 1964 Language: Japanese
Starring: Jitsuko Yoshimura, Jūkichi Uno, Kei Satō, Nobuko Otowa, Taiji Tonoyama
Screenwriter: Kaneto Shindō
Producer: Toshio Konya
Deep within the wind-swept marshes of war-torn medieval Japan, an impoverished mother and her daughter-in-law eke out a lonely, desperate existence. Forced to murder lost samurai and sell their belongings for grain, they dump the corpses down a deep, dark hole and live off of their meager spoils. When a bedraggled neighbor returns from the skirmishes, lust, jealousy, and rage threaten to destroy the trio’s tenuous existence, before an ominous, ill-gotten demon mask seals the trio’s horrifying fate. Driven by primal emotions, dark eroticism, a frenzied score by Hikaru Hayashi, and stunning images both lyrical and macabre, Kaneto Shindo’s chilling folktale Onibaba is a singular cinematic experience.