Kuroneko (1968)

This cinematic retelling of the venerable Japanese folktale A Cat's Revenge is set in the 12th century. Two women are raped and killed by renegade samurai warriors. The victims come back to life as ghosts and seek revenge on the guilty… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: February 24, 1968
DVD Release Date: October 17, 2011
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

An eerie, meticulously plotted samurai ghost story full of gorgeous visual flourishes.

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Manohla Dargis
New York Times

A ghost story that's more eerie than unnerving, and often hauntingly lovely.

Ian Buckwalter

A masterpiece of quietly creepy Japanese horror.

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Michael Atkinson
L.A. Weekly

Shindō's evocation of the central haunted bamboo grove is all night shadows and luminescent mist.

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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice

Nippo-Gothic horror fables have a long tradition of proto-feminist outrage... Kaneto Shindō's Kuroneko may take the cake.

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Eric Melin

Kuroneko is one of the best supernatural horror tales ever made, and it has tons of spooky atmosphere to spare.

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe

There's a witchy, atmospheric timelessness to the movie that extends well past the unadorned sets.

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David Fear
Time Out

Kaneto Shindō may be the least namechecked of Japan's go-to Golden Age directors. This ghost story, however, proves that he's ripe for reappraisal...

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James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

moves fluidly between the cinematic invisible and the overtly theatrical, mixing impressive tracking shots and dexterous editing with attention-grabbing devices like rear-projection

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Flixster Audience Score: 83% Flixster User Reviews
Nicki Marie
Creepy old Japanese movie about a woman and her mother in law who live alone in the woods, waiting for the return of the husband/son, who has been sent to war.… More
Tsubaki Sanjuro
Kaneto Shindo combines the supernatural with socio-political commentary once more. Crisp gorgeous black and white photography, the real horror here is, once… More
Stella Dallas
it conjures a great spooky atmosphere but i don't like it quite as much as the director's 'onibaba'. 4 stars for evil dancing cat spirits
Greg Afilmlovingweirdofromcali
A man forced to fight in a civil war's mother and wife are raped and murdered in his absence by samurai who invade their home. The mother and wife sell… More
Lewis C.
Part horror movie, part tragic love story, and part samurai tale, Kuroneko is a beautifully shot black and white ghost tale that any fan of foreign cinema… More
Chris Browning
Filled with atmospheric and beautifully captured B&W widescreen images, Kuroneko is a haunting beauty of a film on Blu-ray. The transfer itself is… More