over 5 years
The frightfulness, unfortunately, never matches the visual beauty.
Haunting, surreal, and quiet. A dark Japanese horror film that burns images into you.
Kuroneko (藪の中の黒猫, Yabu no Naka no Kuroneko) is a 1968 Japanese horror film, directed by Kaneto Shindō. The title means "Black Cat" in English. It was placed in competition at the 1968 Cannes Film Festival, but the festival was cancelled due to the events of May 1968 in France.
In the Sengoku period, a woman and her daughter are raped and murdered by soldiers during a time of civil war. Afterwards, a series of samurai returning from the war through that area are found mysteriously dead with their throats torn out. The governor calls in a wild and fierce young hero to quell what is evidently an Onryō ghost. He encounters the two beautiful women in an eerie, beautiful scene. After spiritual purification, he meets the demon in a thrilling fight.