Film, Horror
The 100 best horror films, horror movies, Kwaidan
Kobayashi's first independent production (after years of working under contract to a major studio) drew extensively on his own training as a student of Japanese painting and fine arts. It is a compendium of four ghost stories adapted from Lafcadio Hearn, so determinedly aesthetic in their design and style that horror frissons hardly get a look in. Very beautiful, though. One episode was removed when the film was released in Britain, reducing the running time to 125 minutes.

Release details

164 mins

Cast and crew

Masaki Kobayashi
Yoko Mizuki
Rentaro Mikuni
Michiyo Aratama
Misako Watanabe
Ganemon Nakamura
Takashi Shimura
Keiko Kishi
Tatsuya Nakadai