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250 years ago, Soetsu, a kindly moneylender is murdered by a samurai named Fukami and his lifeless body disposed of in the Kasanegafuchi (Kasane's plunge), the pool of water that snakes around and legend has it that those who sink in the water will never surface again. Some 25 years later, in a chance encounter; Fukami's son, Shinkichi (Kikunosuke Onoe) meets a wealthy and beauteous if older woman named Oshiga (Hitomi Kuroki) who is also the daughter of Soetsu. Shinkichi becomes smitten by Oshiga and she returns his feelings. The two begin to live together but strange things begin to occur. Then one day, after a lover's quarrel, Oshiga had fallen ill and due to the stress of taking care of his loved one, Shinkichi develops an attraction to a comely young woman named Oshisa. On the night of Oshiga's demise, she leaves a note for Shinkichi " If you ever re-marry, I will haunt your new wife to the grave..."
Shinkichi has doomed any woman who dares to fall in love with him.Read more ›
"Kaidan" is a film with an impressive pedigree. Written originally in 1825 by legendary storyteller Sanyutei Encho, the "Kaidan Kasane ga Fuchi" story has been a staple of Japanese horror in various media and incarnations. It was first filmed in 1926 by equally-legendary filmmaker Mizoguchi Kenji (Ugetsu), and then several times more over the years including a 1957 version by Japan's first genre-horror director Nakagawa Nobuo. Nakata's version "Kaidan" is roughly the sixth time the Kasane ga Fuchi story has appeared on film.
While others have played with the story a bit, Nakata does a fairly direct translation of Encho's original version.Read more ›
All I'll say is that this is a movie well worth your time to watch if your into Asian cinema. Meaning that if you don't mind watching a film that has subtitles and isn't in spoken English than you will find yourself indulged into a great story.
Kaidan is about a woman obsessed with a man so much so that she stalks him still from beyond the grave. You honestly can't help but feel pity for the main character as he tries to move on with his life only to have every good attempt taken from him by the spirit of the woman who loved him.
Their relationship starts out with good intentions. A young man falls in love with an older woman who honestly hasn't had much luck in the subject of love. She comes with a whole lot of insecurities and baggage that she brings along with her. Also on top of that is her prestigious position in the village which also made it complicated for her to find love before. So now her she is lonely without someone.
Along comes the main character who is much younger than her and far less experienced in life. He finds himself attracted to the woman but he is humble and doesn't rush to make his attempt to get her attention. After several incidents the man admits that he has has feeling for her. The woman rejects him at first but then realizes that her status shouldn't come before her own happiness because she will just continue to live the lonely life she has. So what happens they become a couple... but the woman is extremely jealous and overbearing. She doesn't know how to accept her new romance. She wants to keep the man locked in a cage away from the world so that she alone can keep him to herself.Read more ›
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When I first watched this movie around 2010 I immediately liked it. It wasn't to gory of that nature. I like the story line of the movie. Read morePublished 1 month ago by G. stockstill
This dragged. I thought it sounded like a good story but it was just dull i turned it off after about an hour.Published 3 months ago by ERIKA
Dvd was not in dubbed in English language as described on amazon. Only subtitles.Published 7 months ago by honest reviews
A very good movie. It's amazing just how horrible some people can be and how a revengeful love can take over ones life...but in this he brought it on himself...sorry to say.Published 11 months ago by Creepy
I want to correct the product information. The main stars are Hiromi Kuroki (Oshiga) and Kikunosuke Onoe (as Shinkichi). They are well known actors in Japan.Published 17 months ago by Cecil Francis
Kaidan is in english subtitles. The show is dark and has creepy moments that don't really scare. I would say this is far from having any real scream or jump moments in it. Read morePublished on October 31, 2013 by jon smith
The title for this film was very similiar to another Japanese movie made some time back. Live and learn, we tryed to watch it none the less, but it was BAD...Published on September 2, 2013 by Matthew F. Tice
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