Capital Celluloid 2022 — Day 343: Tue Dec 13

Kwaidan (Kobayashi, 1964): BFI Southbank, NFT3, 5.40pm

This 35mm presentation (also screening on December 1st) is part of the In Dreams are Monsters season at BFI Southbank. Full details here.

Time Out review:

Based on traditional Japanese folk tales and filmed in ravishing wide-screen on hand-painted sets, these four stories – of raven-haired women, beautiful female spectres, blind singing monks and ghostly samurai warriors – created a template for much of the indigenous supernatural cinema that would follow. The eternally youthful wife in The Black Hair, in particular, prefigures the many raven-haired women with shadowed ivory faces found in modern J-horror movies such as Ring. Kobayashi’s stylised use of colour is more symbolic than naturalistic, and coupled with the avant garde electronic score by Toru Takemitsu, which also incorporates sampled natural sounds, it generates both a haunting atmosphere and some subtle supernatural chills.
Nigel Floyd

Here (and above) is the trailer.

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