Deep within the wind-swept marshes of war-torn medieval Japan, an impoverished mother and her daughter-in-law eke out a lonely, desperate existence. Forced to murder lost samurai and sell their belongings for grain, they dump the corpses down a deep, dark hole and live off of their meager spoils. When a bedraggled neighbor returns from the skirmishes, lust, jealousy, and rage threaten to destroy the trio's tenuous existence, before an ominous, ill-gotten demon mask seals their horrifying fate. Driven by primal emotions, dark eroticism, a frenzied score by Hikaru Hayashi, and stunning images both lyrical and macabre, Kaneto Shindo's chilling folktale, Onibaba, is a singular cinematic experience.
- On the Blu-ray: Restored high-definition transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
- On the DVD: High-definition digital transfer, with restored image and sound and enhanced for widescreen televisions
- Audio commentary from 2001 featuring director Kaneto Shindo and actors Kei Sato and Jitsuko Yoshimura (Blu-ray only)
- Interview from 2003 with Shindo
- On-location footage shot by Sato
- Stills gallery featuring production sketches and promotional art (DVD only)
- Filmmaker’s statement from writer/director Kaneto Shindo
- English subtitle translation
- Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition (DVD only)
- PLUS: An essay by film critic Elena Lazic (Blu-ray only), a 2001 director’s statement by Shindo, and a version of the Buddhist fable that inspired the film
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