Onibaba (1965)

Set in medieval Japan, Kaneto Shindo's feral suspense tale stars Jitsuko Yoshimura as an unnamed young woman left widowed by civil war. To survive, she and her mother-in-law (Nobuko Otowa) turn to ambushing passing samurai, selling… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: February 4, 1965
DVD Release Date: March 16, 2004
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Critic Score: 83% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Too often, it turns out to be a pot-pourri of ravenous eating and blatant sex.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

A creepy, interesting, and visually striking 1963 feature by Kaneto Shindo.

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Anton Bitel
Eye for Film

the horror of war and the horror of untrammeled market forces combine in a nightmarish vision of humanity bestialised.

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Time Out

No masterpiece by any means, it's at times overplayed, but it's striking visually, handling swift horizontal movement very well. It's also genuinely erotic.

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Philip Kemp
Total Film

Unflinching in its violence and eroticism.

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TV Guide

One of the absolute peaks of atmospheric black-and-white horror.

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A.H. Weiler
New York Times

Although his artistic integrity remains untarnished, his driven rustic principals are exotic, sometimes grotesque figures out of medieval Japan, to whom a Westerner finds it hard to relate.

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Peter Bradshaw

Onibaba is a chilling movie, a waking nightmare shot in icy monochrome, and filmed in a colossal and eerily beautiful wilderness.

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Jake Euker

Onibaba shows less interest in laying bare its meanings than in offering the occasion for the viewers' meditations on life, existence (a different thing), and whatever lies below.

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Flixster Audience Score: 90% Flixster User Reviews
danny d
despite the limitations that this film faced with its limited story, few characters, and single environment, the film is incredibly effective with what is put… More
Stella Dallas
classic japanese horror tale with frank sexual themes; all about 2 women killing to survive in a hypnotic sea of grass...until a man comes beween them.… More
El Hombre Invisible
A personal favorite of mine. It's dark, earthy, erotic, claustrophobic, eerie, but mostly a grim tale of a trio with little but the basics of human nature… More
Ken Stachnik
Crazy Japanese topless chicks fill a giant hole with dead Samurai whom they kill in order to buy food. After fighting over a dude who moves in next door,… More
vieras esine
A story of survival in extreme poverty during wartime. Minimalistic and bare, yet at the same time ridden with symbolism. Strongly sexual without being sexy or… More
Lanning : )
Well, I don't want to give this one star. It is a beautiful looking film with stunning imagery. It's amazing to me how, with such a restricted… More