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Kwaidan 1964

  • Masaki Kobayashi
  • December 29, 1964
  • 183 mins
  • Japanese
  • Drama, Fantasy, Horror
Bizarre, unearthly, terrifying— a nation's legend, an author's imagination, a director's creation manifest in the superlative— Kwaidan
This is the film adaptation of four stories from the book "Kwaidan: Stories and studies of strange things" by Lafcadio Hearn and is actually a collection of Japanese ghost stories, taken from various sources, some even stemming from China.


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One of the gems of post-war Japanese cinema. Kwaidan is a mixture of traditional Japanese stage feel and techniques combined with modern cinematic storytelling to bring a stunning world to life. Classic folktales seen through modern lense without sacrificing their meaning or artistic beauty.

I highly recommend the Criterion Collection version as others aren't as well preserved and some copies are heavily edited.

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