Kuroneko is an elegant tale about a mother and daughter-in-law who fall prey to a roving band of violent samurai in feudal Japan. Being dispatched so swiftly and so flagrantly from these earthly realms, the pair plead to an evil god for vengeance. Once granted, in the form of a beastly, phantasmal supernaturality, the now bloodthirsty women terrorize a provincial shogunate, until they encounter the only warrior who is able to give them pause.
From composition, to sound, to narrative, Shindô delivers a terrific and artful ghost story. Few entries in the horror genre are able to both raise the hair on the back of your head and induce reflection on the nature of love and loss.
- Yabu no naka no kuroneko (Kaneto Shindô 1968) @ Castro Theater