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: 82% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
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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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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TV Guide

Kwaidan's haunting poetry is conveyed not only in its beautiful color images, but also through the chilling soundtrack.

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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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Beth Accomando

A classic.


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.

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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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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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

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Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena

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.

Flixster Audience Score: 89% 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