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After more than a decade of sober political dramas and social-minded period pieces, the great Japanese director Masaki Kobayashi (The Human Condition) shifted gears dramatically for this rapturously stylized quartet of ghost stories. Featuring colorfully surreal sets and luminous cinematography, these haunting tales of demonic comeuppance and spiritual trials, adapted from writer Lafcadio Hearn’s collections of Japanese folklore, are existentially frightening and meticulously crafted. This version of Kwaidan is the original three-hour cut, never before released in the United States. BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES • New 2K digital restoration of director Masaki Kobayashi’s original cut, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack • Audio commentary by film historian Stephen Prince • Interview from 1993 with Kobayashi, conducted by filmmaker Masahiro Shinoda • New interview with assistant director Kiyoshi Ogasawara • New piece about author Lafcadio Hearn, on whose versions of Japanese folk tales Kwaidan is based • Trailers • New English subtitle translation • PLUS: An essay by critic Geoffrey O’Brien
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Now it just needs to come out on Blu-ray finally!
EDIT got my BD finally, wow it's amazing in HD, much better than upscaled DVD. The transfer is excellent and gives me greater appreciation of this artistic stylized masterpiece.
This struck my interest. A number of years later I was flipping channels and just happened to come across the segment of Kwaidan that was use in the Sagan Series. Love this movie! Haunting without all the gore.
Either way, this film is artistically done, and the stories are woven well, and with a sense of Nuance, always keeping to the atmosphere of the original tales. If you want a taste of Japanese Folklore, and not "holly-wooded up" then you will certainly enjoy the stories in this film.
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The first tale is about a samurai who left the love of his life for a better job, and didn't realize how...Read more