Kuroneko

1968

Drama / Horror

131
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 95%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 84%
IMDb Rating 7.7 10 5,733

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Reviewed by Prof-Hieronymos-Grost 8 / 10 / 10

A fine companion piece to Onibaba

THE SYNOPSIS In warring feudal Japan, a group of marauding Samurai seeking food exits the forest where they come across a house that should have what they require. On entering the house they find it has what they want and a lot more….it has women too. The inhabitants an elderly woman and her daughter in law are both subjected to continuous rape as each Samurai takes their turn, the others plunder the women's food stocks.After the Samurai have satiated their appetites,they leave the women, now unconscious for dead and set fire to their home as they flee.When the fire eventually burns out all we see are the burned and battered bodies of the women and their helpless black kitten as it licks their wounds. Rajomon Gate….a Samurai approaches on horseback and is met by a spectral vision of a woman, who tells him she is too afraid to make her journey home because she has to pass the Bamboo Grove, which is a haven for bandits and highwaymen. The Samurai agrees to accompany her to her home, where he is plied with sake. The Daughter in laws husband Hachi, we learn has been at war for three years and has still not returned The daughter in law then proceeds to seduce the Samurai, before she brutally attacks him, devouring his throat and sucking his blood…..for we learn that the two women are in fact the newly embodied spirits of the dead women murdered by the Samurai who have made a pact with the Evil Gods/Spirits, who have allowed them life, on condition that they murder all Samurai who pass their way. Far to the East, a sole warrior named Hachi is all that remains after a massive and bloody battle.Hachi returns home to find his home burned and his family missing, he seeks employment from the Samurai leader at Rajomon Gate named Raiko, who after hearing Hachi's brave stories takes him on. Hachi's first task is to rid the area of the spectral beasts that have been claiming the lives of his warriors…..and so Hachi sets off unknowingly to kill his own family. THE REVIEW Unquestionably a companion piece to Onibaba, a film by the same Director…it was made to cash in on the success of Onibaba which had been met by a wave of good criticism in the west….and also because Shindo's other contemporary works had been less critically received mainly due to their overtly sexual content. Kiyomi Kuroda's award winning cinematography sets the tone for this film, its Chiaroscuro/Noir visuals are nothing short of breathtaking. The underlying tragic story of lost love is also dealt with brilliantly by Shindo who is on fine form again….the story is compelling except for the first twenty minutes which became a bit repetitive as Samurai after Samurai was seduced and killed by the women, but this ploy was used to bring the story forward so I wont criticize too much.All in all, a worthwhile buy if you like Onibaba or Asian Cinema,but the DVD despite the films stunning print is very bare.

Reviewed by daviesnancy 7 / 10 / 10

Terrifying Black Cat

First of all, I would LOVE to know why this classic of Japanese 60's cinema is NOT in VHS or better yet, DVD, format in Region 1 format??? It's a real shame, as it is a perfect pairing with Onibaba(which was a terrifying double bill in San Francisco in 1978, thereabouts). It explores the touchy subject of revenge, revenge for terrible deeds done to the women, and how perfectly they exact their revenge from the grave. Guaranteed you will never hear the rustling sounds of bamboo ever the same again. This is a movie for adults, as the subject matter is intense. It is an indictment of how women were and are treated in warfare, and the horrifying toll it takes on everyone. I highly recommend this film. If you can locate it-for some odd reason it is extremely hard to get, and it deserves a much wider audience.

Reviewed by claudio_carvalho 7 / 10 / 10

Ghost Story of Love and Revenge

A group of samurai breaks in the house of the peasants Yone (Nobuko Otowa) and her daughter-in-law Shige (Kiwako Taichi) to loot their food and they rape and kill the women. The burn their house to the ground and a black cat licks their corpses. Soon the women returns as ghosts posing as geisha and Shige lures samurais late night at Rajômon asking for protection through a bamboo grove. She brings the samurai to a fancy house that is indeed her burnt-out house; introduces her mother; seduces the samurai and kill him tearing his neck apart. Meanwhile the warrior Hachi kills a powerful enemy and severs his head. He is summoned to Rajômon by the samurai Raiko (Kei Satô) that makes him samurai and he tells that his name is Gintoki (Kichiemon Nakamura). Then he finds his house destructed and looks for Yone and Shige and he learns that they are missing. Gintoki is assigned by Raiko to destroy the ghosts that are killing samurais. What will happen when Gintoki discovers that the ghosts are Yone and Shige? "Yabu no naka no kuroneko" is a Japanese ghost story of love and revenge. The plot is well developed despite the confused conclusion and supported by great performances and wonderful cinematography in black- and-white. My vote is seven. Title (Brazil): "O Gato Preto" ("The Black Cat")

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