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Kobayashi, Masaki, 1916-1996, film director,
Wakatsuki, Shigeru, 1914- film producer.
Mizuki, Yōko, 1910-2003, screenwriter.
Aratama, Michiyo, actor.
Watanabe, Misako, 1932- actor.
[New York, N.Y.] : Criterion Collection, [2015].
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[New York, N.Y.] : Criterion Collection, [2015].
Physical Desc
2 videodiscs (183 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 insert.


General Note
Based on the writings of folklorist Lafcadio Hearn (aka: Yakumo Koizumi).
General Note
Originally produced as a motion picture in 1965.
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Widescreen (2.35:1).
General Note
Special features: Disc 1: Commentary (features film scholar Stephen Prince). Disc 2: Masaki Kobayashi (conversation between director Kobayashi and filmmaker Masahiro Shinoda about the making of the film in 1993); Kiyoshi Ogasawara (assistant director Ogasawara discusses working with director Kobayashi and the original version of the film); Lafcadio Hearn (English literature scholar Christopher Benfey, profiles Lafcadio Hearn who played a crucial role in popularizing Japanese folklore for Western audiences, his stories providing the basis for the film); Trailers. Insert includes an essay by critic Geoffrey O'Brien.
Creation/Production Credits
Director of photography, Yoshio Miyajima ; music, Tōru Takemitsu ; production designer, Shigemasa Toda ; editor, Hisashi Sagara.
880-02,Kurokami: Aratama Michiyo, Watanabe Misako, Mikuni Rentarō, Ishiyama Kenjiro, Akagi Ranko.
880-03,Yuki-onna: Nakadai Tatsuya, Kishi Keiko, Mochizuki Yuko.
880-04,Mimi nashi Hoichi no hanashi: Nakamura Katsuo, Tanba Tetsurō, Shimura Takashi, Hayashi Yoichi, Muramatsu Eiko, Tanaka Kunie, Tomotake Masanori, Hanazawa Tokue.
880-05,Chawan no naka: Nakamura Kan'emon, Takizawa Osamu, Sugimura Haruko, Nakamura Ganjiro, Nakaya Noboru, Miyaguchi Seiji, Sato Kei, Naraoka Tomoko.
After more than a decade of sober political dramas and social-minded periodpieces, the great Japanese director Masaki Kobayashi shifted gears dramatically for this rapturously stylized quartet of ghost stories. Featuring colorfully surreal sets and luminous cinematography, these haunting tales of demonic comeuppance and spiritual trials, adapted from writer Lafcadio Hearn's collections of Japanese folklore, are existentially frightening and meticulously crafted. In The black hair, a poor young samurai leaves his first wife to marry a rich woman. When he is unhappy in his second marriage, he returns to his first wife, who at first appears unchanged from when he last saw her. In The woman of the snow, a woodcutter is spared by a mysterious ghost-like woman in the snow, but must promise never to tell anyone what he has seen. In Hoichi, the earless, a blind musician-monk named Hoichi is commanded by a gathering of ghosts to sing the saga of their ancient deeds. The head monk paints Hoichi's body with prayer verses to protect him, but unfortunately overlooks Hoichi's ears. In In a cup of tea, a writer wonders what would happen to a person who drinks another's soul and finds out.
System Details
DVD, NTSC region 1, anamorphic widescreen (2.35:1) presentation; Dolby Digital monaural.
In Japanese, with optional English subtitles.

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APA Citation, 7th Edition (style guide)

Kobayashi, M., Wakatsuki, S., Mizuki, Y., Aratama, M., Watanabe, M., Mikuni, R., Ishiyama, K., Akagi, R., Nakadai, T., Kishi, K., Mochizuki, Y., Nakamura, K., Tanba, T., Shimura, T., Hayashi, Y., Muramatsu, E., Tanaka, K., Tomotake, M., Hanazawa, T., Nakamura, K., Takizawa, O., Sugimura, H., Nakamura, G., Nakaya, N., Miyaguchi, S., Satō, K., Naraoka, T., Miyajima, Y., Takemitsu, T., Toda, S., Sagara, H., Prince, S., Shinoda, M., Ogasawara, K., Benfey, C. E. G., O'Brien, G., & Hearn, L. (2015). Kwaidan (Two-DVD special edition.). Criterion Collection.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

Masaki Kobayashi et al.. 2015. Kwaidan. Criterion Collection.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities (Notes and Bibliography) Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

Masaki Kobayashi et al.. Kwaidan Criterion Collection, 2015.

MLA Citation, 9th Edition (style guide)

Kobayashi, Masaki, et al. Kwaidan Two-DVD special edition., Criterion Collection, 2015.

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