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Title Kaidan [videorecording] = Kwaidan / Toho Company, Ltd. ; a Ninjin Club production ; Janus Films ; produced by Shigeru Wakatsuki ; screenplay by Yoko Mizuki ; directed by Masaki Kobayashi.

Imprint [United States] : Criterion Collection, [2000]


Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Axe DVDs 1st Floor  791.4372 K979 2000    ---  Available
Description 1 videodisc (161 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Series The Criterion collection ; 90
The classic collection
Criterion collection (DVD videodiscs) ; 90.
Classic collection (Chicago, Ill.)
System Details DVD; Dolby digital mono.; anamorphic widescreen format (2.35:1 aspect ratio).
Cast Michiyo Aratama, Misako Watanabe, Rentaro Mikuni, Tatsuya Nakadai, Keiko Kishi, Katsuo Nakamura, Tetsuro Tanba, Kan'emon Nakamura, Osamu Takizawa, Haruko Sugimura.
Credits Original story, Yakumo Koizumi (Lafcadio Hearn) ; director of photography, Yoshio Miyajima ; editor, Hisashi Sagara ; music, Toru Takemitsu.
Language In Japanese with optional English subtitles.
Note Based on the writings of the folklorist Lafcadio Hearn.
DVD release of the 1965 motion picture.
Summary Consists of four stories of the supernatural based on Japanese folk material. In The black hair, a poor young samurai leaves his first wife to marry a rich woman. When he is unhappy in his second marriage, he returns to his first wife, who at first appears unchanged from when he last saw her. In The woman of the snow, a woodcutter is spared by a mysterious ghost-like woman in the snow, but must promise never to tell anyone what he has seen. In Hoichi, the earless, a blind musician-monk named Hoichi is commanded by a gathering of ghosts to sing the saga of their ancient deeds. The head monk paints Hoichi's body with prayer verses to protect him, but unfortunately overlooks Hoichi's ears. In In a cup of tea, a writer wonders what would happen to a person who drinks another's soul and finds out.
Note Includes original theatrical trailer.
Contents Kurokami = Black hair -- Yuki-onna = Woman of the snow -- Mimi nashi Hoichi no hanashi = Hoichi, the earless -- Chawan no naka = In a cup of tea.
Subject Ghosts -- Drama.
Ghosts -- Drama.
Genre/Form Feature films -- Japan.
Horror films.
Fantasy films.
Added Author Wakatsuki, Shigeru, 1914-
Mizuki, Yoko, 1910-2003.
Kobayashi, Masaki, 1916-1994.
Aratama, Michiyo.
Mikuni, Rentaro, 1923-2013.
Nakadai, Tatsuya, 1932-
Hearn, Lafcadio, 1850-1904.
Toho Kabushiki Kaisha.
Note Title on container: Masaki Kobayashi's Kwaidan
Added Title Kwaidan
ISBN 0780023552
Standard No. 037429152027
Music No. KWA020 Criterion Collection
Standard No. NZ1 10508035

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