Saturday, November 3, 2012

1964 - KWAIDAN, looking great on the big screen

Recently saw Kwaidan again at a revival theater in fairly decent shape on actual film.  It's a stunning film.

Amazingly enough one of the best stories, "The Woman of the Snow" was cut out of the film when it was first shown in the United States.

This was a very personal project for Masaki Kobayashi.  The director was so into this film he painted the sets himself.

The author of these very Japanese stories Lafcadio Hearn, was of Greek descent who lived in New Orleans but ended up in Japan as a newspaper correspondent.  He embraced Japanese culture big time.

183 minutes

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