Kuroneko

1968

Kuroneko (1968)

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This cinematic retelling of the venerable Japanese folktale A Cat's Revenge is set in the 12th century. Two women are raped and killed by renegade samurai warriors. The victims come back to life as ghosts and seek revenge on the guilty criminals. Tempted by the promise of love, the samurai are lured to a secluded country house before being murdered by the throat ripping temptresses. A warrior assigned to destroy them happens to be the son of one of the dead women and the husband of the other.

Cast

Nobuko Otowa
as Yone (Mother)
Kiwako Taichi
as Shige (Daughter-in-Law)
Kei Sato
as Raiko
Rokko Toura
as Samurai
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Critic Reviews for Kuroneko

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (6)

With Kuroneko, Shindô obscures the thin line separating the dead from the living-through which spirits, sin, and passion move freely.

Jul 25, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
AV Club
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Shindô's evocation of the central haunted bamboo grove is all night shadows and luminescent mist.

Nov 18, 2010 | Full Review…

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

Oct 28, 2010 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
Boston Globe
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A ghost story that's more eerie than unnerving, and often hauntingly lovely.

Oct 21, 2010 | Rating: 3.5/5

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

Oct 21, 2010 | Full Review…

Kaneto Shindô may be the least namechecked of Japan's go-to Golden Age directors. This ghost story, however, proves that he's ripe for reappraisal...

Oct 20, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
Time Out
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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
Nicki Marie

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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
Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

½

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.
Lewis C.

Super Reviewer

Kaneto Shindo combines the supernatural with socio-political commentary once more. Crisp gorgeous black and white photography, the real horror here is, once more, not what a ghost can do, but what humans beings do to each other. My favorite thing about this, and other Shindo movies, is how the man always knows how to bring the story to areas you wouldn't consider at all. This movie surprises you more than any given horror film made in the last 10 years.

Tsubaki Sanjuro
Tsubaki Sanjuro

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