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Japan, 1964
Directed by Masaki Kobayashi
Starring Rentarô Mikuni, Michiyo Aratama, Misako Watanabe
Based on a collection of folktales by Lafcadio Hearn
Approx. 160 min. 35mm print courtesy Japan Foundation.

Rentarô Mikuni finds a skeleton at the feast when he adds a second wife; woodcutter Tatsuya Nakadai meets a strange woman in the snow; a blind biwa player gives a command performance for a spirit; an apparition appears in a cup of tea: four ghost stories by expat Lafcadio Hearn (1850 – 1904). Kobayashi’s first color film, with an eerie score.


“An assembly of ghost stories that is among the most beautiful films I’ve seen.”

“A horror picture with an extraordinarily delicate and sensuous quality.”
– Bosley Crowther, The New York Times

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