Deep within the wind-swept marshes of war-torn medieval Japan, an impoverished mother and her daughter-in-law eke out a lonely, desperate existence. Forced to murder lost samurai and sell their belongings for grain, they dump the corpses down a deep, dark hole and live off of their meager spoils. When a bedraggled neighbor returns from the skirmishes, lust, jealousy, and rage threaten to destroy the trio’s tenuous existence, before an ominous, ill-gotten demon mask seals the trio’s horrifying fate. Driven by primal emotions, dark eroticism, a frenzied score by Hikaru Hayashi, and stunning images both lyrical and macabre, Kaneto Shindo’s chilling folktale Onibaba is a singular cinematic experience. Add Synopsis In Portuguese
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Basically based on a Buddhist fable, "Onibaba" tells a story of lust, envy, wrath and betrayal that is wrapped in a horrible demon mask. "Onibaba" is a human drama before it is a horror film, all character actions are driven by its various needs and desires. The characters and their actions are constantly fascinating, and that's what keeps the movie alive. We followed a mother and her daughter-in-law; A couple who are forced to conquer an existence in a war-torn Japan, killing samurai and selling their belongings for food. His existence is disturbed one day, however, when his son's friend, Hachi, returns from the war to the place where the two women live. We will never really be sure if this man killed her husband or not ...
The cinematography of this film is excellent, the scenarios definitely built the tension. The music is unusual too, the mix of various rhythms in the right tone bring the scenes to life.
Although the film does not contain any real demons or other mythical creatures, the true horror comes from the character's actions and the movie succeeds like a horror movie in that way. The film also features a dark pit that women use to spawn the Samurai bodies they kill, adding to the fantasy and inventive element of the story.
The prolific Japanese director Kaneto Shindô takes us on a "tour" of the atmospheric direction of one of the historical events of ancient Japan that deserves to be watched! Recommended!