I just purchased Criterion's beautiful 2.35:1 transfer of Masaki Kobayashi's "Kwaidan." I watched it tonight and loved every minute of it. I hadn't seen it in 10 years or something, and I was left breathless by its odd mixture of haunting stillness and visual excess. Beautiful film! And the score by Toru Takemitsu is also very haunting. Takemitsu is under-appreciated in the West. IMO, he is one of the great film composers of the 20th century - up there with Herrmann. I know that many of the folks who gather at this forum are impressd by the new wave of Japanese horror, but what about "Kwaidan"? Are there any fans of this film out there? Do you think directors like Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Hideo Nakata, and Takashi Miike are indebted to the work of Kobayashi (and others of course, such as Hiroshi Teshigahara)?