After more than a decade of sober political dramas and social-minded period pieces, the great Japanese director Masaki Kobayashi shifted gears dramatically for this rapturously stylized quartet of ghost stories. Featuring colorfully surreal sets and luminous cinematography, these haunting tales of demonic comeuppance and spiritual trials, adapted from writer Lafcadio Hearn’s collections of Japanese folklore, are existentially frightening and meticulously crafted. This version of Kwaidan is the original three-hour cut, never before released in the United States.

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Studio
The Criterion Collection
Genre
Horror
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Copyright
1965 Toho Co., Ltd./Bungi Pro/Ninjin Club. English-subtitled version © 2015 Toho Co., Ltd. All rights reserved.

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Japanese (Stereo)

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