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Onibaba (Demon Woman)


Onibaba. Image courtesy of Janus Films.

Onibaba (Demon Woman)
NEW 35MM PRINTS! Kaneto Shindo, 1964

Kuroneko (Black Cat)

Kaneto Shindo, 1968

Kinema Japan

This series takes viewers to Japan, with selections that encompass the entire spectrum of Japanese filmmaking, from samurai classics to sci-fi stunners. Like last summer’s<em>Cinema italiano</em>series, it is intended as an introduction and homage to one of the world’s great film traditions. We’ve included works by some of the most revered Japanese directors, including Yasujiro Ozu and Akira Kurosawa, and by contemporary filmmakers, including Takashi Miike and Hirokazu Kore-Eda, as well as other films that represent Japan’s vital film history across several eras and genres.


Many classic films are just as powerful today as when they were first released. We add such films from many genres to our schedule throughout the season. Many are shown on the occasion of their rereleases, in fresh, new or restored prints.

Thu, July 14, 2011 7 PM

Tonight's screening features two of Kaneto Shindo's horror classics—Onibaba and Kuroneko.

Onibaba is Kaneto Shindo's erotic horror classic about an impoverished mother and daughter-in-law in medieval Japan who eke out an existence by murdering stray samurai and selling their belongings. (103 mins., 35mm)

In Kuroneko, a murdered mother and daughter-in-law rematerialize as ghosts to exact their revenge on samurai who pass by their house. (95 mins., 35mm)

Copresented by Ohio State's East Asian Studies Center.

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