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Program Title: Onibaba
EASC Code: JO-07
Series Title:
Region/Country: Japan
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: English
Subject:
Program Type: Feature
Media Type: VHS
Director: Kaneto Shindo
Producer:
Release Date: 1964
Running Time: 103 min.
Color or BW: Color
Program Abstract: A chilling tale of lust, murder , and the supernatural. The setting is late medieval Japan, during a period of incessant civil war. A poor woman, whose husband has gone off to war, and her mother in law eke out a miserable existance by murdering wounded samurai in order to sell their arms and armor. One warrior manages to escape by seducing the younger woman, but this only spurs the mother-in-law's jealousy and brings forth a demonic revenge. A freudian vision of medieval Japan.
Data Entry Date: 1/16/2003