Kaidan (Kwaidan) (Ghost Stories)
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Kwaidan is an impressively mounted anthology horror film based on four stories by Lafcadio Hearn, a Greek-born writer who began his career in the United States at the age of 19 and moved permanently to Japan in 1890 at the age of 40, where he eventually became a subject of the empire and took on the name Koizumi Yakuno. Hearn became a conduit of Japanese culture to western audiences, publishing journalism and then fiction incorporating traditional Japanese themes and characters. "Black Hair," the first tale, concerns a samurai who cannot support his wife; he leaves her for a life of… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 81%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The first episode builds an effective mood through its elliptical action and long, slow tracks through empty rooms, but this 1965 film soon levels off into academic stylization."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"A classic."
‑ Beth Accomando, KPBS.org
"Visually beautiful and with some cool special effects, this is a quartet of Japenese horror ghost stories that have very few scares, although there is the odd frisson of eeriness in a couple of them."
‑ , Film4
"All show and nobody home."
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"a visually ravishing film that uses dazzling color palettes and carefully composed widescreen photography to bring the viewer into an entirely supernatural world"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"It is a compendium of four ghost stories adapted from Lafcadio Hearn, so determinedly aesthetic in their design and style that horror frissons hardly get a look in. Very beautiful, though."
‑ , Time Out
"A colorfully exotic offering but lacks the visceral power to explore the horror genre."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Magnífico do ponto de vista estético, conta com uma direção de arte brilhante e quadros compostos com inspiração absoluta, além de ter um inventivo design de som. Mas a montagem adota um ritmo excessivamente arrastado que torna a narrativa entediante."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"They're not likely to scare you outright, but hopefully you too can appreciate the craft and artistry with which they are told."
‑ Jeffrey Chen, Window to the Movies
"We've grown accustomed to more violent, more suspenseful, and scarier stories than these, but there's no questioning the quality of this film."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Couple these sound effects and voices with some remarkable pictorial images and the consequence is a horror picture with an extraordinarily delicate and sensuous quality."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"Kwaidan's haunting poetry is conveyed not only in its beautiful color images, but also through the chilling soundtrack."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"It can still hold its own against the new generation of horror films still sourcing it. Well worth a look."
‑ Kim Newman, Empire Magazine
"...the ghostly samurai court listening to Hoichi, and the samurai battle effectively form visual haikus that remain in the mind's eye"
‑ John A. Nesbit, ToxicUniverse.com
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