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A.k.a.
Black Cat
Year
1968
Runtime
99 min.
Director
Kaneto Shindô
Genres
Drama, Horror
Rating *
7.7
Votes *
2,741
Checks
1,341
Favs
143
Dislikes
6
Favs/checks
10.7% (1:9)
Favs/dislikes
24:1
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    Siskoid

    Kuroneko (AKA The Black Cat AKA A Black Cat in a Bamboo Grove, which idiomatically refers to a mystery that's difficult to unravel) is a beautiful-looking ghost/demon story by director Kaneto Shindô - deep pools of black and brightly-lit whites creating amazing atmosphere as he takes the samurai film down for its toxic masculinity. In the opening moments of the film, two women are raped and killed samurai, so once they've been empowered to kill all samurai as cat demons by the god of evil, we're basically with them. It's a folk tale more than a horror story. The horror comes from their demise, and what happens later when their son/husband comes home, having been press-ganged into the army and freshly minted a samurai, one tasked with the destruction of the "monster" decimating the samurai army. What follows is pure tragedy as loved ones are pit against one another, a nightmarish dilemma from which no one will escape, with brilliant cinematography and some weird moments of feline mimetism. Tense, sad, and wonderful. 2 years 11 months ago
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    Bolero Tenebris

    Director Kaneto Shindo accomplished something special stylistically with ''Onibaba'' and even more with this one - really cool stuff. 4 years ago
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  1. This movie ranks #14 in Eureka!'s The Masters of Cinema Series
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  2. This movie ranks #52 in Galloway's Samurai Film Handbook & Companion
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  3. This movie ranks #83 in Butler's Fantasy Cinema: Impossible Worlds on Screen
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  4. This movie ranks #128 in Doubling the Canon
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  5. This movie ranks #339 in TSZDT's The 1,000 Greatest Horror Films
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  6. This movie ranks #669 in The Criterion Collection
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