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Kuroneko (1968)

Kuroneko (1968)




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In this Japanese mixture of samurai adventure and supernatural ghost story, two women living alone in a rural hut are raped and murdered by a band of passing mercenaries. As the killers leave, they burn the house; a black cat comes upon the bodies and licks the blood seeping from them. Years later, samurai traveling through the area are found murdered, with their throats ripped out. It seems the women have been turned into vampire cat-ghosts, and are intent on the elimination of every samurai they can get ahold of. A local warlord assigns his best man to find the monsters and kill them.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Horror, Art House & International, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Kaneto Shindō
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 17, 2011
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Nobuko Otowa
as Yone (Mother)
Kiwako Taichi
as Shige (Daughter-in-L...
Kei Sato
as Raiko
Rokko Toura
as Samurai
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Critic Reviews for Kuroneko

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (6)

An eerie, meticulously plotted samurai ghost story full of gorgeous visual flourishes.

Full Review… | March 3, 2011
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

Shindō's evocation of the central haunted bamboo grove is all night shadows and luminescent mist.

Full Review… | November 18, 2010
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

There's a witchy, atmospheric timelessness to the movie that extends well past the unadorned sets.

Full Review… | October 28, 2010
Boston Globe
Top Critic

A ghost story that's more eerie than unnerving, and often hauntingly lovely.

Full Review… | October 21, 2010
New York Times
Top Critic

Nippo-Gothic horror fables have a long tradition of proto-feminist outrage... Kaneto Shindō's Kuroneko may take the cake.

Full Review… | October 21, 2010
Village Voice
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Kaneto Shindō may be the least namechecked of Japan's go-to Golden Age directors. This ghost story, however, proves that he's ripe for reappraisal...

Full Review… | October 20, 2010
Time Out
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Kuroneko

Creepy old Japanese movie about a woman and her mother in law who live alone in the woods, waiting for the return of the husband/son, who has been sent to war.
One day they are attacked and raped by a group of samurai and their house burned down with them in it.
The pair return as vengeful spirits, vowing to murder all samurai they come across.
And then the husband/ son returns, and he has been made a samurai.
Genuinely creepy and disturbing.

Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

it conjures a great spooky atmosphere but i don't like it quite as much as the director's 'onibaba'. 4 stars for evil dancing cat spirits

Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer


Part horror movie, part tragic love story, and part samurai tale, Kuroneko is a beautifully shot black and white ghost tale that any fan of foreign cinema should give a viewing. The cinematography is great and the different aspects of the story come together well. Recommended.

Lewis C.

Super Reviewer

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