Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Kwaidan (1964)

Well, still sick and still a sick day - so on to another movie!

This one also comes from Netflix and they promised me that I would really really really really like it. Well, not exactly promise but they were pretty sure. 

In any case this film, Kwaidan, is a collection of four short Japanese ghost stories. It won the Special Jury Prize at the Cannes film festival in 1964 and I think it looks promising! I doubt I'll see the now commonplace vengeful ghost girl/boy with jerky movements and who crawl on ceilings (yawn). Instead I suspect I'll see minimal special effects and good story telling (yay!).

Ginger ale, couch [move cat over to make room on said couch], here I come!


My vocabulary can not come up with enough beautiful words to describe this little masterpiece. Wonderful. Lovely. Enchanting. Marvelous. (running out here...) Superb. Excellent. The list continues.

This film is haunting, magical, peaceful and disturbing. It is absolutely not a film for people who enjoy slow moving tales of horror, revenge, and lost love. This is absolutely a film for people who enjoy spooky, ancient tales, folklore, unexplained mysteries, and it would help to love foreign films.

I really enjoy foreign films. Especially foreign horror films. I enjoy learning about the cultures, history, and legends. This movie has that and more!

The costumes are amazing. The music and sound effects are spine chilling. The stories will get into your brain and fester there for the rest of your life! That is why I am not surprised these particular tales have been passed down through Japanese song and legend for centuries.

The movie is apparently based on a collection of ghost stories written in 1904 titled "Kwaidan: Stories and studies of strange things". Read more about it here! I've got it on hold at the local library now.

I love this film. Please watch it - it will be time well spent and a treasure in your day. I do not recommend this film for people with a short attention span, or for those too young to appreciate the tenderness, heartbreak, and various lessons this film relays.

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