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Onibaba

This cult-horror classic fuses violence, folklore and sexuality to atmospheric effect.

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© 1964 Toho Co Ltd. All rights reserved

Japan 1964
Dir Kaneto Shindô
With Nobuko Otowa, Jitsuko Yoshimura, Kei Satô, Taiji Tonoyama
103min
35mm
English subtitles
Certificate 15

In a 14th-century Japan ravaged by civil war, a mother and her temptress daughter-in-law lure battle-weary samurai into a field of reeds, whereupon they murder them and hurl their bodies into a pit... When sexual tensions estrange the pair, the stage is set for a potently erotic horror classic – at the time unprecedented for its fusion of violence and sexuality – whose eerily atmospheric spell remains undimmed.

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