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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.
Art House & International , Drama , Horror , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Nobuko Otowa
as Yone (Mother)
Kiwako Taichi
as Shige (Daughter-in-Law)
Kei Sato
as Raiko
Rokko Toura
as Samurai
Hideo Kanze
as Mikado
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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

Shindô'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.

October 21, 2010
New York Times
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | October 21, 2010
Village Voice
Top Critic

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...

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
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
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.
Lewis C.

Super Reviewer

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