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Critic Reviews for Kuroneko
An eerie, meticulously plotted samurai ghost story full of gorgeous visual flourishes.
Shindô's evocation of the central haunted bamboo grove is all night shadows and luminescent mist.
There's a witchy, atmospheric timelessness to the movie that extends well past the unadorned sets.
A ghost story that's more eerie than unnerving, and often hauntingly lovely.
Nippo-Gothic horror fables have a long tradition of proto-feminist outrage... Kaneto Shindô's Kuroneko may take the cake.
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.
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
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.
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