Kwaidan

Kwaidan

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Director: Masaki Kobayashi

Cast: Masaki Kobayashi, Rentaro Mikuni, Michiyo Aratama, Misako Watanabe

     
 

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Masaki Kobayashi's stylish horror film Kwaidan comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. The Japanese soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. English subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include the original theatrical trailer. Although there are few extras, the quality of

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Masaki Kobayashi's stylish horror film Kwaidan comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. The Japanese soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. English subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include the original theatrical trailer. Although there are few extras, the quality of the sound and picture on this release continue to show why Criterion is one of the best names in DVD.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Tom Wiener
Elegantly shot in widescreen by Yoshio Miyajima and impressively scored by Toru Takemitsu (Japan's greatest film composer), Kwaidan is a visual or aural feast. It's also the last great film by director Masaki Kobayashi, best known for his epic World War II trilogy The Human Condition. For contemporary western film audiences used to slice-and-dice horror films cut to rock & roll rhythms, it will seem impossibly slow and tame, but that's because it makes no concession at all to western sensibilities. On its original release in 1965, the film was greeted with indifference by U.S. audiences, whose idea of Japanese horror was honed by the pulpy exploits of Godzilla and Mothra. Lafcadio Hearn's source stories delve into the psyches of men who venture into unknown territory; they often begin fearlessly but wind up mad or maimed by their experiences, often at the hands of evil women. In an odd way, Kwaidan resembles a series of film noir tales. Ultimately, though, it is a series of very spooky ghost stories, clearly mounted with great skill on lovingly constructed studio sets (designed by Shigemasa Toda), whose artificiality actually ratchets up the sense of dislocation.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/10/2000
UPC:
0037429152027
Original Release:
1964
Rating:
NR
Source:
Criterion
Region Code:
0
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, monaural]
Time:
2:41:00

Special Features

Stunning new widescreen transfer, enhanced for 16x9 televisions; Origianl theatrical trailer; New and improved English subtitle translation; Optimal image quality: RSDL dual layer edition

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Rentaro Mikuni Samurai
Michiyo Aratama First Wife
Misako Watanabe Second Wife
Keiko Kishi Actor
Tetsuro Tamba Michi
Tatsuya Nakadai Woodcutter
Katsuo Nakamura Hoichi
Ganemon Nakamura Kannai
Joichi Hayashi Yoshitsune
Noboru Nakaya Heinai
Ganjiro Nakamura Head Priest
Takashi Shimura Priest
Jun Tazaki Actor

Technical Credits
Masaki Kobayashi Director
Yoshio Miyajima Cinematographer
Yoko Mizuki Screenwriter
Hisashi Sagara Editor
Toru Takemitsu Score Composer
Shigemasa Toda Art Director
Shigeru Wakatsuki Producer

Scene Index

Side #1 -- Widescreen
1. Opening Credits [:11]
2. "I've Had Enough of Poverty!" [3:18]
3. "Please Take Care of My Daughter" [3:30]
4. The Thoughtlessness of Youth [1:33]
5. The Arrow and the Slap [3:03]
6. The Husband's Return [3:52]
7. No Escape [3:48]
8. The Snow Storm [2:13]
9. The Woman [6:40]
10. The Mother [4:24]
11. Yuki [4:51]
12. "She's a Wonder!" [6:53]
13. Remembrance [1:00]
14. Pledge for Life [2:52]
15. Song of the Great Sea Battle [2:12]
16. The Blind Musician [4:20]
17. Command Performance [1:15]
18. Looking for Hoichi [2:16]
19. "Where Have You Been Going?" [3:55]
20. In the Rain [3:32]
21. The Court of the Emperor [4:25]
22. The Holy Text [2:37]
23. Two Ears [5:34]
24. The Song Continues [4:55]
25. The Reflection [:52]
26. The Confrontation [1:03]
27. Guests at Midnight [:14]
28. Inside the Jar [7:27]

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Kwaidan 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Darth_Nihilus More than 1 year ago
This is a vingette of four if I remember correctly. One is about hair. One is about a Ghost Princess and her ladies in waiting. One features a cameo appearance by Akira Kurosawa; But the most memorable short is about the blind Monk Hoichi, who is invited the graves of the Heike and the Genji clans at the bottom of the sea. This is some of the greatest singing and string playing (Koto)which I have ever had the honour to listen to in my entire life. Beastdragon
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This was really good. I highly RECOMEND it!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
highly recommend this film, very spooky and chilling. a must watch especially during the halloween season.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best in fiction horror! Well written, directed, and performed.
The_Beastlord_Slavedragon More than 1 year ago
This is a vingette of four if I remember correctly. One is about hair. One is about a Ghost Princess and her ladies in waiting. One features a cameo appearance by Akira Kurosawa; But the most memorable short is about the blind Monk Hoichi, who is invited the graves of the Heike and the Genji clans at the bottom of the sea. This is some of the greatest singing and string playing (Koto)which I have ever had the honour to listen to in my entire life. Beastdragon
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