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怪談

Kwaidan
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Consists of four stories of the supernatural based on Japanese folk material. In The black hair, a poor young samurai leaves his first wife to marry a rich woman. When he is unhappy in his second m...

Consists of four stories of the supernatural based on Japanese folk material. 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.

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Creator
Tōhō Kabushiki Kaisha ; Ninjin Kurabu ; seisaku Wakatsuki Shigeru ; kyakuhon Mizuki Yōko ; kantoku Kobayashi Masaki
Other Title
  • Title on container: Masaki Kobayashi's Kwaidan
Included Titles
  • Kurokami
  • Black hair
  • Yuki-onna
  • Woman of the snow
  • Mimi nashi Hoichi no hanashi
  • Hoichi, the earless
  • Chawan no naka
  • In a cup of tea
Format
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Publication
  • RSDL dual-layer ed.; widescreen format (2.35:1 aspect ratio)
  • [Irvington, N.Y.] : Criterion Collection, [2000]
Physical Details
  • 1 videodisc (161 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
ISBNs
0780023552, 9780780023550
OCLC
ocm51859514
Credits
  • Cast for Kurokami: Aratama Michiyo, Watanabe Misako, Mikuni Rentarō
  • Cast for Yuki-onna: Nakadai Tatsuya, Kishi Keiko
  • Cast for Mimi nashi Hoichi no hanashi: Nakamura Katsuo, Tanba Tetsurō
  • Cast for Chawan no naka: Nakamura Kan'emon, Takizawa Osamu, Sugimura Haruko
  • Director of photography, Yoshio Miyajima ; editor, Hisashi Sagara ; music, Tōru Takemitsu

  • Based on the writings of folklorist Lafcadio Hearn (aka: Yakumo Koizumi).
  • Originally produced as a motion picture in 1965.
  • "Enhanced for 16x9 televisions" -- Container.
  • Special features: original theatrical trailer (in Japanese with English subtitles); color bars.
  • Program notes on container insert include an essay by film critic David Ehrenstein.
  • DVD, region 1; Dolby digital mono.
  • In Japanese, with optional English subtitles.

  • Black hair -- Woman of the snow -- Hoichi, the earless -- In a cup of tea