Kuroneko ★★★★

Film #29 of Hoop-Tober

Scariness level: Cat/Cat

Japanese films have the great advantage of being unfairly beautiful to begin with. So as you'd likely figure, Kuroneko is absolutely unfairly beautiful to look at. Bamboo groves have proven time and time again to be in my eyes, the most beautiful scenery for a film. And not only does this film utilise them to nearly its fullest extent (without colour of course) the film is also populated with mists which add to the eerie atmosphere.

One particular moment that really struck with me was when a samurai (Gintoki) is in solitary purification. The way the camera fluidly pans and teases in such a profoundly insidious notion is wonderful. Speaking of Gintoki. He's played by living-legend Nakamura Kichiemon II, and wonderfully so I might add. Opposite him is the always wonderful Noboku Otowa.

The film is atmospheric throughout but what impressed me most was how haptic everything was to me. From the cat, to the furry arm to even the clothes and cold wind. Kuroneko excels on many levels but I feel mostly, it's the sense of touch that really excited me.

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