Winner of the Special Jury Prize at Cannes, Kwaidan features four nightmarish tales adapted from Lafcadio Hearn’s classic Japanese ghost stories about mortals caught up in forces beyond their comprehension when the supernatural world intervenes in their lives: “The Black Hair”, “The Woman of the Snow”, “Hoichi the Earless”, and “In a Cup of Tea”. 

Breathtakingly photographed entirely on hand-painted sets, the film is an abstract wash of luminescent colours from another world. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present the complete 183-minute original Japanese cut of Masaki Kobayashi’s masterpiece on Blu-ray.

Special Features:

  • 1080p presentation on Blu-ray from Criterion’s 2K digital restoration of Kobayashi’s original director’s cut
  • Original monaural Japanese soundtrack
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Kim Newman on “Kwaidan” – a new interview with the film critic and writer
  • Shadowings [35 mins] – a new video essay by David Cairns and Fiona Watson
  • Original trailers 
  • PLUS: A collector’s booklet featuring reprints of Lafcadio Hearn’s original ghost stories; a survey of the life and career of Masaki Kobayashi by Linda Hoaglund ; and a wide ranging interview with the filmmaker, the last he’d ever give
Certificate:
PG
Actor:
Rentaro Mikuni

Tatsuya Nakadai

Katsuo Nakamura

Haruko Sugimura
Director:
Masaki Kobayashi
Region:
B
Number of Discs:
1
Main Language:
Japanese
Subtitle Languages:

English

Run Time:
183 mins approx
studio:
Masters of Cinema
Theatrical Release Year:
1964

Kwaidan (Masters of Cinema)

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Winner of the Special Jury Prize at Cannes, Kwaidan features four nightmarish tales adapted from Lafcadio Hearn’s classic Japanese ghost stories about mortals caught up in forces beyond their comprehension when the supernatural world intervenes in their lives: “The Black Hair”, “The Woman of the Snow”, “Hoichi the Earless”, and “In a Cup of Tea”. 

Breathtakingly photographed entirely on hand-painted sets, the film is an abstract wash of luminescent colours from another world. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present the complete 183-minute original Japanese cut of Masaki Kobayashi’s masterpiece on Blu-ray.

Special Features:

  • 1080p presentation on Blu-ray from Criterion’s 2K digital restoration of Kobayashi’s original director’s cut
  • Original monaural Japanese soundtrack
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Kim Newman on “Kwaidan” – a new interview with the film critic and writer
  • Shadowings [35 mins] – a new video essay by David Cairns and Fiona Watson
  • Original trailers 
  • PLUS: A collector’s booklet featuring reprints of Lafcadio Hearn’s original ghost stories; a survey of the life and career of Masaki Kobayashi by Linda Hoaglund ; and a wide ranging interview with the filmmaker, the last he’d ever give
Certificate:
PG
Actor:
Rentaro Mikuni

Tatsuya Nakadai

Katsuo Nakamura

Haruko Sugimura
Director:
Masaki Kobayashi
Region:
B
Number of Discs:
1
Main Language:
Japanese
Subtitle Languages:

English

Run Time:
183 mins approx
studio:
Masters of Cinema
Theatrical Release Year:
1964

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Colours pop

No words need to be said about this Japanese folk / ghost story. Its simply incredible. Eureka have done a fantastic job with the transfer the colours are vibrant and full.

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