Film Studies: Onibaba 15

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From the archive

This film was last shown on 8 May 2024

While a young generation of directors invigorated Japanese cinema in much the same way that new waves had rejuvenated western industries, established filmmakers did much to enrich traditional genres. With Onibaba, prolific writer-director Shindô merged the period drama with horror: a 16th-century sexual triangle develops between an army deserter (Kei Sato) and a mother and daughter-in-law who murder waylaid samurai for their armour and weapons. The mother’s demon mask is one of the most memorable film images of the decade.

Screening as part of Film Studies: Sixty Years Ago, presented in collaboration with Sheffield Hallam University. The film will be preceded by a short introduction from Sheldon Hall.

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Kaneto Shindô
1 hour 42 minutes
Japanese with English Subtitles
Jitsuko Yoshimura, Kei Sato, Nobuko Otowa


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