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  • Published: [United States] : Criterion Collection, [2000]
  • Year Published: 2000
  • Description: 1 videodisc (161 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
  • Language: Japanese
  • Format: DVD

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  • 0780023552 :
  • 037429152027


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Kwaidan : Kaidan

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Call number: DVD FLC-JPN Kwaidan

Available Copies: Downtown 1st Floor

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Based on the writings of the folklorist Lafcadio Hearn.

DVD release of the 1965 motion picture.

Includes original theatrical trailer.

Kurokami = -- The black hair -- Yuki-onna = -- The woman of the snow -- Mimi nashi Hoichi no hanashi = -- Hoichi, the earless -- Chawan no naka = -- In a cup of tea.

Michiyo Aratama, Misako Watanabe, Rentarō Mikuni, Tatsuya Nakadai, Keiko Kishi, Katsuo Nakamura, Tetsurō Tanba, Kan’emon Nakamura, Osamu Takizawa, Haruko Sugimura.

Consists of four stories of the supernatural based on Japanese folk material. In The black hair, a poor young samurai leaves his first wife to marry a rich woman. When he is unhappy in his second marriage, he returns to his first wife, who at first appears unchanged from when he last saw her. In The woman of the snow, a woodcutter is spared by a mysterious ghost-like woman in the snow, but must promise never to tell anyone what he has seen. In Hoichi, the earless, a blind musician-monk named Hoichi is commanded by a gathering of ghosts to sing the saga of their ancient deeds. The head monk paints Hoichi's body with prayer verses to protect him, but unfortunately overlooks Hoichi's ears. In In a cup of tea, a writer wonders what would happen to a person who drinks another's soul and finds out.

DVD; Dolby digital mono.; anamorphic widescreen format (2.35:1 aspect ratio).

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