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K.'s avatar


Masaki Kobayashi - "As a sort of shorthand description, one could say it was a horror film. My main intention in the film was to explore the juxtaposition between man's material nature and his spiritual nature, the realm of dream and aspiration. I wanted to create a drama that dealt directly with the spiritual importance of our lives. I also enjoyed conveying the sheer beauty of traditional Japan. Anyway, I am not really satisfied with the designation of "horror film." It's spiritual concerns are the center of the drama."
3 years 10 months ago
ClassicLady's avatar


Visually brilliant! Especially the light and color in "The Woman in the Snow." This one was not my favorite of the stories but it was visually the best. A feast for the eyes for the entire movie.
7 years 12 months ago
Dieguito's avatar


Visually astonishing!
9 years ago
dr love's avatar

dr love

Visually astonishing picture. 2nd story was my favorite, 1st one also hooked me, 4th had a great ending, the 3rd I think dragged further than it should.
1 year 5 months ago
Groovy09's avatar


Kobayashi: What an artist!!
5 years 4 months ago
sushantv10's avatar


Kaidan is the japanese title.....the original title(imdb says so). But ya there is a new movie of same name too though.

This one had beautiful visuals and stories were quiet interesting...
11 years 1 month ago
Siskoid's avatar


Clocking in at three hours, Kwaidan tells four Japanese ghost stories, one for each season more or less, though maybe we skipped summer along the way. Masaki Kobayashi's director is incredibly precise, no surprise there, but what is most striking is the theatricality he dares use. Lavishly large studio-bound "exteriors", with painted skies, give each story a kind of odd irreality, and the sound design is spare and unrealistic, among other stylistic choices. Japanese expressionism? The first two tales are really about love and so are quite tragic each in their own way. The third starts with a huge sea battle as mere prologue(!) and ends up producing the most iconic images from the film. The fourth has the author himself enter the Twilight Zone. Despite the slow pace, you hardly notice the run time thanks to the impeccable film making. Atmosphere reigns supreme, and while knowing you're in a ghost story can give you the upper hand on the characters, the final twists are always nevertheless affecting.
1 year ago
gut1349's avatar


According to the DVD box and IMDb, the title of this film is Kwaidan.
10 years 11 months ago
sideburnz's avatar


Kwaidan not Kaidan as the dvd cover seems to indicate. Kaidan is an altogether different movie.
11 years 4 months ago
mightysparks's avatar


I would like to buy this film, not Ghost Story!
10 years 4 months ago
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