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Ghost Stories (1964)

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Original title: Kaidan

DVD Release Date
Ľ R1: Oct 10, 2000

Budget $350 Million

Running Time
2 hours, 44 minutes

Country Japan

Production Companies
Bungei, Ninjin Club, Toho Company, Toyo Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha

Studio Ninjin Club

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Other Titles
• Ghost Stories
• Kaidan (1964)
• Ghost Story
• Hoichi the Earless
• Weird Tales

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Genre: Horror, Supernatural, Ghosts, Witches, Wizards & Magic, Experimental, Period Piece, Fantasy, Infidelity

Plot: Director Masaki Kobayashi invested five years of preparation before shooting this anthological adaptation of four tales of the supernatural by Lafcadio Hearn. The first, "Black Hair," stars Rentaro Mikuni as a poverty-stricken samurai who leaves his kind wife (Michiyo Aratama) to marry the daughter (Misako Watanabe) of a wealthy official. After years of misery with this woman he returns to his first wife to find a bitter surprise. In the second, "The Woman of the Snow," a woodcutter (Tatsuya Nakadai) and his brother take shelter from a snowstorm in a deserted hut. However, trouble arises when a strange woman (Keiko Kishi) appears. The third, "Hoichi the Earless," features a blind temple musician (Katsuo Nakamura), who is known for his mastery of the ballad of the Heike clan. A samurai ghost bids him sing the ballad at the Heike tomb, and Buddhist priests protect him by painting his body with a depiction of the sacred text. In the last tale, "In a Cup of Tea," a samurai (Ganemon Nakamura) famed for courage, has a recurring vision of the face of another samurai in his tea. Shot entirely on a soundstage to allow the director complete control of the film's palette, it's a stunning display of sensuous color, perfectly suited to these otherworldly tales of the macabre. Takemitsu's

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 Directed by
Masaki Kobayashi
J˘i-uchi: Hairy˘ tsuma shimatsu, Seppuku, Ningen no joken I
 Written by
Rentaro Mikuni
Miyamoto Musashi, Seppuku, Biruma no tategoto
Michiyo Aratama
Ningen no joken I, Kunisada Chuji, Oni no sumu yakata
Misako Watanabe
Kao, Hanaoka Seishu no tsuma, Sono kabe o kudake
Tatsuya Nakadai
Chaos, Yojimbo the Bodyguard, Shadow Warrior
Keiko Kishi
The Yakuza, Typhon sur Nagasaki, Ikite wa mita keredo - Ozu Yasujir˘ den
Katsuo Nakamura
Steamboy, Akai hashi no shita no nurui mizu, Godzilla: GMK
Tetsuro Tamba
You Only Live Twice, The Happiness of the Katakuris, Gozu
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