Onibaba (UK-import) (BLU-RAY)

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Kaneto Shindo, one of Japan s most prolific directors, received his biggest international success with the release of Onibaba [The Demoness] in 1964. Its depiction of violence and graphic sexuality was unprecedented at the time of release. Shindo managed - through his own production company Kindai Eiga Kyokai - to bypass the strict, self - regulated Japanese film industry and pave the way for such films as Yasuzo Masumura's Mojuu (1969) and Nagisa Oshima's In the Realm of the Senses (1976).

Onibaba [or Onibabaa, in its alternate spelling] is set during a brutal period in history, a Japan ravaged by civil war between rivaling shogunates. Weary from combat, samurai are drawn towards the seven - foot high susuki grass fields to hide and rest themselves, whereupon they are ambushed and murdered by a ruthless mother (Nobuko Otowa) and daughter - in - law (Jitsuko Yoshimura) team. The women throw the samurai bodies into a pit, and barter their armour and weapons for food. When Hachi (Kei Sato), a neighbour returning from the wars, brings bad news, he threatens the women s partnership.

Erotically charged and steeped in the symbolism and superstition of its Buddhist and Shinto roots, Kaneto Shindo's Onibaba is in part a modern parable on consumerism, a study of the destructiveness of sexual desire and - filmed within a claustrophobic sea of grass - one of the most striking and unique films of Japan's last half - century, winning Kiyomi Kuroda the Blue Ribbon Award for Cinematography in 1965. The memorably frenetic drumming soundtrack was scored by long - time Shindo collaborator Hikaru Hayashi.

Bonusmateriale

  • Full-length director’s audio commentary by director Kaneto Shindo and the stars of the film, Kei Sato, and Jitsuko Yoshimura
  • Video introduction by Alex Cox
  • 8mm footage (40-minutes) shot on location by lead actor Kei Sato
  • Production stills and promotional art gallery
  • 36-page booklet with a new essay by Doug Cummings, an English translation of the original short Buddhist fable that inspired the film and a statement from writer/director Kaneto Shindo about why he made Onibaba

Produktfakta

Produksjonsår 1964 Utgitt 2013
Format BLU-RAY Sone Sone B - Import
Sjanger Skrekkfilm Antall disker 1
Spilletid 1 timer 40 minutter Aldersgrense 15
Undertekster Engelsk Lydformater DTS HD (Japansk)
Bildeformater Sort/Hvitt, Widescreen 16:9 Anamorphic Regissør Kaneto Shindo
Skuespillere Jitsuko Yoshimura, Nobuko Otowa Bestillingsnummer EKA70092
Leverandør Gardners

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