Based on Japanese folklore, Onibaba is Shindô ‘sgreatest international success which features a frenetic drumming score by Hikaru Hayashi.
Onibaba is screened as part of a free program of classic Japanese films from the Japan Foundation’s collection, this year focusing on the cinema of Kaneto Shindô and Tadashi Imai.
Presented by The Japan Foundation, Sydney
In this visceral supernatural thriller, an impoverished mother and her daughter-in-law subsist in a medieval Japan ravaged by ceaseless war. They prey on wandering samurai, murdering them for their spoils to barter for meagre meals. When a deserter joins their gruesome trade, he threatens their tenuous alliance by seducing the younger woman.