Kaidan (Kwaidan) (Ghost Stories)
Kaidan (Kwaidan) (Ghost Stories) (1964)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: December 29, 1964
DVD Release Date: October 10, 2000
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Critic Score: 86% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

Film is visually and physically stunning but its three tales of the supernatural are more intellectual than visceral.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

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.

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Josef Braun
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

Extraordinary as Kwaidan's spectacles are, I'm even more impressed by its soundscape, the work of the great composer Toru Takemitsu.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

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.

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Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television

The fairy tale "Woman of Snow" is better than the other three horror segments.

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Beth Accomando

A classic.

Tony Rayns
Time Out

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.

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Gwendolyn Audrey Foster
Senses of Cinema

Kwaidan is a psychological horror film for those who are seeking an utterly immersive experience.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A colorfully exotic offering but lacks the visceral power to explore the horror genre.

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Flixster Audience Score: 90% Flixster User Reviews
Pierluigi Puccini
It takes real talent in an artist to make a ghost story scary and poetic, and here are four of them. Before, only in the Powell/Pressburger films I had seen… More
Devon Bott
Anyone who's ever seen "The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971)", or any of his previous films based on Poe's stories, knows Vincent Price's… More
danny d
a film containing four short films that are ghost stories from various points of the samurai era in japan. while all four stories were compelling, my perfect… More
Stella Dallas
it's certainly a work of art i wish i'd seen on the big screen. i'm sure my tv didn't do it justice. beautiful to look at but kinda weak… More
Greg S
Four supernatural Japanese folk tales: a samurai is haunted by regret when he leaves his poor wife for a rich one; a snow-spirit spares the life of a young man… More
Arash Xak
Sheer beauty, My fav. segment is A Woman In The Snow