Kwaidan (1964)



Directer:Masaki Kobayashi   Producer:Shigeru Wakatsuki  

Story:Lafcadio Hearn (novel) (as Yakumo Koizumi)   Writter:Yôko Mizuki  

Music:Tôru Takemitsu  Cinematography:Yoshio Miyajima   Editor:Hisashi Sagara  

Running time:183 min   Country:  Language: Genre:Drama Fantasy Horror

Subtitle: English/
Michiyo Aratama ... First wife (segment "Kurokami")
Misako Watanabe ... Second Wife (segment "Kurokami")
Rentarô Mikuni ... Husband (segment "Kurokami")
Kenjirô Ishiyama ... Father (segment "Kurokami")
Ranko Akagi ... Mother (segment "Kurokami")
Tatsuya Nakadai ... Mi nokichi (segment "Yuki-Onna")
Keiko Kishi ... Yuki the Snow Maiden (segment "Yuki-Onna")
Yûko Mochizuki ... Minokichi''s mother (segment "Yuki-Onna")
Katsuo Nakamura ... Hoichi (segment "Miminashi Hôichi no hanashi")
Tetsurô Tanba ... Warrior (segment "Miminashi Hôichi no hanashi")
Takashi Shimura ... Head priest (segment "Miminashi Hôichi no hanashi")
Kan''emon Nakamura ... Kannai - a Guard (segment "Chawan no naka")
Osamu Takizawa ... Author / Narrator (segment "Chawan no naka")




ҧ:Nominated for Oscar. Another 5 wins & 1 nomination

Academy Awards, USA
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
1966 Nominated Oscar Best Foreign Language Film
Cannes Film Festival
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
1965 Won Jury Special Prize Masaki Kobayashi 
Nominated Palme d''Or Masaki Kobayashi 
Kinema Junpo Awards
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
1965 Won Kinema Junpo Award Best Screenplay
Yôko Mizuki 
Also for Amai ase (1964). 
Mainichi Film Concours
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
1966 Won Mainichi Film Concours Best Art Direction
Shigemasa Toda 
Best Cinematography
Yoshio Miyajima 
Sant Jordi Awards
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
1968 Won Sant Jordi Best Foreign Film (Mejor Película Extranjera)
Masaki Kobayashi 


Winner of the Special Jury Prize at Cannes, Kwaidan features four nightmarish tales in which terror thrives and demons lurk. Adapted from traditional Japanese ghost stories, this lavish production draws extensively on director Masaki Kobayashi''s own training as a student of painting and fine arts. Criterion is proud to present Kwaidan in a new ravishing color transfer.

This film contains four distinct, separate stories. "Black Hair": A poor samurai who divorces his true love to marry for money, but finds the marriage disastrous and returns to his old wife, only to discover something eerie about her. "The Woman in the Snow": Stranded in a snowstorm, a woodcutter meets an icy spirit in the form of a woman spares his life on the condition that he never tell anyone about her. A decade later he forgets his promise. "Hoichi the Earless": Hoichi is a blind musician, living in a monastery who sings so well that a ghostly imperial court commands him to perform the epic ballad of their death battle for them. But the ghosts are draining away his life, and the monks set out to protect him by writing a holy mantra over his body to make him invisible to the ghosts. But they''ve forgotten something. "In a Cup of Tea": a writer tells the story of a man who keep seeing a mysterious face reflected in his cup of tea. Written by Kathy Li



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