Kuroneko

1968

Kuroneko

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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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  • Jun 14, 2014
    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 M Super Reviewer
  • Nov 25, 2011
    A man forced to fight in a civil war's mother and wife are raped and murdered in his absence by samurai who invade their home. The mother and wife sell their souls to gods of hate who bring them back as blood sucking ghosts to forever haunt the place they had fallen. This movie has many colliding layers to it that work really well in pulling my sentimental strings every which way. It is very scary, tragic and gorgeous. It forces me to ask "why, why do you keep doing these things?" after the initial need for justice fades. It reminds me of Munich in that at first the cause for revenge seems just yet in the thick of it, their reasoning is lost in all the blood that is shed. The central core of the morality in seeking justice is shattered amidst the age old question of "what is going to far?" 5 out of 5, it's a very thought provoking watch.
    Greg A Super Reviewer
  • Sep 04, 2011
    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 D Super Reviewer
  • Jul 27, 2011
    A samuri revenge film with a diference, a mother and daughter are killed by a clan of samuri but make a deal with the devil or there abouts, brought back to life being catlike in nature, seducing samuri and killing them, that is the deal, but when a young man aproaches and is employed to track down the killer/s of samuri, he finds out they might be connected to his life. Made in late sixties this rewards you greatly if you buy into it, it comes across well, and its very moody in its aproach. its all kept interesting with some action downplayed greatly. a very interesting look at samuri from the horror perspective
    scott g Super Reviewer

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