Main Details
Identifying Codes
Barcode 7-15515-08781-0
Criterion Collection Spine # 584
Language Japanese
Subtitles English
Region A
Aspect Ratio 2.35:1
Colour Black and White
Audio LPCM Audio 1152 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 1152 kbps / 24-bit
Run Time 99 mins
Notes Criterion Collection Blu-ray edition

In this poetic and atmospheric horror fable, set in a village in war-torn medieval Japan, a malevolent spirit has been ripping out the throats of itinerant samurai. When a military hero is sent to dispatch the unseen force, he finds that he must struggle with his own personal demons as well. From Kaneto Shindo, director of the terror classic Onibaba, Kuroneko (Black Cat) is a spectacularly eerie twilight tale with a shocking feminist angle, evoked through ghostly special effects and exquisite cinematography.

New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the
Blu-ray edition
Video interview with director Kaneto Shindo from the Directors Guild of Japan
New video interview with critic Tadao Sato
Theatrical trailer
New and improved English subtitle translation
PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by film critic Maitland McDonagh and an excerpt
from film scholar Joan Mellen’s 1972 interview with Shindo

New cover by Sam Smith and Eric Skillman
(No chapters specified)


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