Kwaidan

Kwaidan

DVD - 1965
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A supernatural fantasy film based on the writings of Lafcadio Hearn, a folklorist of Greek-Irish ancestry who became a naturalized Japanese citizen and changed his name to Yakumo Koizumi. Features four nightmarish tales in which terror thrives and demons lurk.

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tarynannewill
Feb 07, 2019

This is one of my favorite films. The mise en scene and art direction are both artful and breathtaking. It's very slow-moving, but well worth it. Please Check this out.

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lindy919
Jan 26, 2019

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Painful to watch.
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jimg2000
Dec 29, 2016

Stylish and top notch production values. The lavish Kwaidan (怪談) "Hoichi the Earless" (耳無し芳一の話) alone is worth the ticket.

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anthonyeon
Apr 06, 2011

Beautiful movie with a set of short ghost stories. You'll be forgiven for being surprised that this comes from 1960's Japan. Some absolutely stunning sets and cinematography. Funny thing. The stories come from a book written by an Irish fellow who emigrated to Japan. Great for getting into the Hallowe'en spirit.

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jimg2000
Dec 29, 2016

A man must rise in the world. I can't throw that away for you...and rot away in this place ... Don't try to stop me! And you'd be happier married to a man from a good family. I've had enough... of this unending poverty! ... The samurai did not understand the value of love.
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In truth, I never felt worthy of being your wife.
-But you are!
Even though I knew I wasn't, ...I clung to you, always a burden.
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You traveled a long way home. That has already brought me happiness.
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I intended to do to you... what I did to that other man. But I couldn't help pitying you... because you're so young.
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I suddenly remembered that night.
-That night?
That's right. A strange thing happened. It's like it was yesterday. You see, I've never told anybody about it. I'm still not sure if it was real or a dream. It was the night old Mosaku froze to death... as if all the blood had been sucked out of him. With my own eyes ... I saw a woman ...

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jimg2000
Dec 29, 2016

Thereafter, that sea and its shores... have been haunted for 700 years. Thousands of strange crabs, called “Heike crabs,” ...with human faces on their shells, can be found there.
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...we wish to hear “The Battle of Dan-no-ura.”
-It was early in the morning
Of March 24th In the second year of the Genryaku era
That the Genji and Heike clans
At Dan-no-ura
Fought their last sea battle
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"Though you were born an emperor" Said Lady Nii
"Your good fortune has run out"
Amide will welcome you
in the Western Pure Lend
"Hurry and invoke Amida Buddha's sacred name"
"Beneath the waves"
"Another capital city awaits"
Holding the infant emperor in her arms
She threw herself
into the fathomless sea.
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I can imagine several possible endings. But none of them would leave you satisfied. I'll just leave it to you to imagine for yourself the best ending... to a story about a man who swallowed another's soul.

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