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Paul Jensen

KWAIDAN (1965) 4 stars

The supernatural has rarely been portrayed as artistic. Four short stories done to perfection. Slow, meditative and haunting. The imagery is mind-blowing. Takemitsu's score is impeccable. It's amazing to see horror done in such a professional and accomplished manner. In fact, this is where the popularity of J Horror began (which would lead to The Ring and The Grudge, etc.) The first segment of Kwaidan, The Black Hair is my favorite, but Cup of Tea is strangely compelling. Is it about repressed homosexuality? The influence of Kobayashi's masterpiece is far-reaching. Even Kurosawa himself borrows from this masterpiece.

 

Genre: Foreign
Director: Masaki Kobayashi