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01-22-2003, 07:36 AM
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)?

01-22-2003, 09:06 AM
Kwaidan is a wonderful piece!

01-23-2003, 01:55 AM
I had this DVD but sold it. It was a good work of art, but it's a little too slow even for me, thus become boring, IMHO.


01-23-2003, 02:50 AM
It's definitely slow moving as many Asian Horror films are but to me, that is part of it's beauty and power. The film is like a painters canvas come to life. A beautiful and powerful film IMHO.

01-23-2003, 06:14 AM
As you may guess from the picture at left, it's one of my favorite films of all time: stunning visually and haunting. It's like reading four novellas in a row to watch in one sitting, though. I take them one or two at a time.

01-23-2003, 06:49 AM
Wermode - Is your avatar a still of Tatsuya Nakadai from 'The Woman of the Snow' segment?

01-23-2003, 09:27 AM
Damn I love this flick.:banana:

01-24-2003, 02:40 AM
Originally posted by marioscido
Wermode - Is your avatar a still of Tatsuya Nakadai from 'The Woman of the Snow' segment?

Yes, it is. I love the shadows and almost monochrome blue of that segment...very dreamlike.

01-24-2003, 10:03 AM
I got my copy of the Criterion DVD today and i'm looking forward seeing the movie. I'll give you all some comments about it after I'm done!


01-24-2003, 03:59 PM

01-25-2003, 12:04 AM
I have the Crieterion Dvd and it's one of the best horror movies I have ever seen.

01-25-2003, 03:07 AM
damn, i guess i'll have to pick that up sometime. I've thought about ordering it, but always decided on getting something else. I'll put that on the to-get list.

01-29-2003, 12:20 AM
Originally posted by DeathDealer
I have the Crieterion Dvd and it's one of the best horror movies I have ever seen.

IFC played this a lot, so I've seen it & it is stunning. Are there any worthwhile supplements on the Criterion DVD?

01-29-2003, 08:31 AM
None, except for the trailer. However, the transfer is truly stunning. I can't imagine watching this p&s...

01-29-2003, 11:26 PM
There no extras. But the film alone is worth paying $40. It seems after the film that you had so many features. JUST WOW.

Fart Lighter
02-01-2003, 05:58 PM
if you're after classic Jap horror, try out the film JIGOKU from 1960 too. But the Jap DVD is rather pricey...

02-01-2003, 06:03 PM
I don't know "Jigoku." I looked it up at the imdb and it looks really interesting. I've never seen anything by Nobuo Nakagawa. Have you seen any of his other films?

Fart Lighter
02-01-2003, 06:22 PM
no. I got given the DVD, I'd not heard of him before. Seems to be an "only available in Japan" Director. THankfully Jigoku had optional English subs, which is rare for japanese DVds.

02-01-2003, 06:34 PM
Ummm. I have never heard of this. Got to Reseach on this.