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Onibaba Reviews

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½ October 18, 2016
Eerie, fascinating, and visually arresting, Onibaba falls short of masterpiece status while nonetheless being a frightening horror film about dehumanization and human sexuality.
November 10, 2015
Great mask great film
½ October 21, 2015
Great film filled with beautiful cinematography, haunting atmosphere and good pacing.

The film also kept me intrigued due to the themes and ideas that it wanted to explore.

Highly recommended if you like japanease horror :)
½ September 18, 2015
Marking a big list of shame title off the list for my Halloween 2014 viewing, this one is really gorgeous to look at and builds to some truly creepy scenes at the end. Just a great little ghost story and well worth tracking down.

Give it a rental at the very least.
July 9, 2015
Kaneto Shindo's ominous Onibaba opens with a bang and seldom settles thereafter.
A chiaroscuro chiller set during a 14th century civil war, the film takes place in a sort of windy nightmare realm, following two scantily clad swamp women who slaughter and pillage unsuspecting samurai to make ends meet.
The film's genre is a matter of debate, but 103 mins of rustling reeds, silhouetted shrieks and demonic masks certainly feels more horror than period drama. And one thing's for sure: its creep factor hasn't aged a bit.
Monochrome madness with cinematography to die for.
April 5, 2015
In war-torn medieval Japan, a woman and her daughter-in-law murder soldiers to survive. When her son's friend comes back & woos the girl, she summons a demon to keep the girl at home.
March 3, 2015
A thrilling Japanese Horror about 2 peasant women who murder Samurai in tall grass & sell their belongings to survive.

Shot to perfection by director Kaneto Shinado who created such an eerie atmosphere with the location.

As the story progresses one peasant woman kills a Samurai with a strange mask she then puts on & can not take off. The film is creepy but compelling to watch.
February 22, 2015
Dramatic blackness + sounds of drums + murder
August 16, 2014
It's not the story so much but the imagery, of humans given over to their base instincts in surviving - killing, eating and fucking. All actions are motivated by desires or fear - either from lack of necessities or superstition. Everything is coarse, rough and over the top - but it all serves a purpose to display the raw animalistic passion of the characters.
May 30, 2014
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½ May 25, 2014
'Onibaba' is a triumph in that it achieves so much with so little, a testament that simplicity is often overlooked in the creation of emotional and captivating films. The plot and characterization is reminiscent of an old folk tale, with archetypes of specific groups of people being portrayed by one person, and is shot in a sheen of black and white which makes the simple sets and locations all the more vivid and appealing. The actual locations and music contribute heavily to the ominous tone, the isolation and grime of the characters is very real. While the film heavily makes use of extended shots of simple day to day tasks, this simple way of building suspense and giving insight into the characters is not too overbearing. After viewing 'Onibaba' the viewer may think that the film could have been cut 20-30 minutes and still retain the artistic integrity, but the film's strong points generate enough interest helps the film succeed as a live-action horror fable.
½ April 19, 2014
Film o dvou enách a jednom mui ve st?edov?kém Japonsku v období válek, které se iví zabíjením a okrádáním samuraj? kdesi uprost?ed rákosí. Chlap si chce uívat s mladou, stará jim to chce p?ekazit.
Hra se stíny a ponurá atmosféra z toho d?lají celkem psycho záitek.
April 17, 2014
Directed by the japanese master of horror Kaneto shindo, Onibaba is a terrific Tour-de-force horror film with some of the most briiliant shots in cinema. Shindo's horror masterpiece was considered at that time too controversial for occidental viewers, it was banned in many countries because of its Violence,nudity and storyline, without doubt one of the most perfect. And controversial films ever made.
½ April 13, 2014
Most of the film might be slow, but certainly not boring. A landmark of horror and fantasy genres.
February 24, 2014
Occasional lapses but on the whole a very effective post-apocalyptic tale built on an old buddhist story.
February 18, 2014
A striking surreal ultra modern Japanese horror film from the 60s. Full of sex and a ghostly eerie mood.
½ February 7, 2014
The film is a dark drama, bordering on horror. A young woman and her mother in law try to eke out a living in the midst of a civil war. The war has been close by, and the women keep an eye for opportunities to finish off or kill soldiers who stray close by. They trade the armor and weapons to buy food. The early parts of the film move slowly to showcase the boredom and almost mechanical existence they've grown accustomed to. Fear, boredom, greed, and sloth dominate their lives.

That is until Ushi, a former resident, suddenly shows up. Escaped from battle, his arrival begins a sudden and dramatic change in the relationship between the two women. Now jealousy, betrayals, lust, anger, gluttony, and revenge come calling. The movie showcases many negative facets of war. The pacing of the movie speeds up as it nears its end, as the story lines reach their conclusions. No sweeping landscapes like Kurosawa. The tall grass that dominates the area shelters and hides the people, but also keeps the focus entirely on their own lives.
February 4, 2014
Amazing how such a simple concept with a minimum amount of actors can come across so effective and engaging! This film is very peculiar in the fact that it's genre is ambiguous, though I suppose in the second half you can consider it "horror". Speaking of horror, that mask is straight-up SCARY and everytime it was on-screen I was not loving life. The film delves into the human psyche regarding sexuality, jealousy, and loneliness in masterful fashion that I really dug. There is lots of unnecessary nudity that is a bit distracting and the ending is very ambiguous, but wow, this is a cool foreign film with lasting imagery and terrific music!
½ November 2, 2013
Very stylized an hyper-dramatic Twilight Zone-ish horror (but with undisguised and apologetically frank sexuality, a predatory view of others, and selfishly mercenary self-interest).

Isolation and claustrophobia are brilliantly and beautifully created by the setting - unending fields of grass rising well over head height - which creates a rich, lush environment which the characters do not seem able to (or even desire to) escape.

If you ever have the opportunity, treat yourself to seeing this movie on film; it's gorgeous.
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