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Preview: Kwaidan (Masters of Cinema – Limited Edition Bluray)

Winner of the Special Jury Prize at Cannes, Kwaidan features four nightmarish tales adapted from Lafcadio Hearn s classic Japanese ghost stories about mortals caught up in forces beyond their comprehension when the supernatural world intervenes in their lives: “The Black Hair”, “The Woman of the Snow”, “Hoichi the Earless”, and “In a Cup of Tea”.

Breathtakingly photographed entirely on hand-painted sets, the film is an abstract wash of luminescent colours from another world. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present the complete 183-minute original Japanese cut of Masaki Kobayashi s masterpiece on Blu-ray for the first time in the UK.

 

BLU-RAY SPECIAL FEATURES 

  • Hardbound Slipcase
  • PLUS: A 100-PAGE Perfect Bound Illustrated Collector s book featuring reprints of Lafcadio Hearn s original ghost stories; a survey of the life and career of Masaki Kobayashi by Linda Hoaglund; and a wide-ranging interview with the film maker the last he d ever give
  • 1080p presentation on Blu-ray from Criterion s 2K digital restoration of Kobayashi s original director s cut
  • Original monaural Japanese soundtrack
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Kim Newman on “Kwaidan” a new interview with the film critic and writer
  • Shadowings [35 mins] a new video essay by David Cairns and Fiona Watson
  • Original trailers
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