Kuroneko ★★★★½

Onibaba is the more revered of Kaneto Shindō's films, which is fair; but Kuroneko is also amazingly brilliant. The plot once again focuses on women killing samurai; in this case enabled by an evil spirit. The story is rich with tragedy and has a poignant message, revolving around judging people on appearance and group identity. The film is rich with symbolism and beautifully shot, many scenes really linger in the memory and the setting (a bamboo forest) is extremely atmospheric. The story is interesting throughout; providing just enough character motivation and plot details to keep things moving. I love the whole evil gods of the netherworld thing! All in all, this is a great ghost story and worthy follow up to Onibaba.

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