Detroit Film Theatre

KURONEKO (Black Cat)

Friday, April 08, 2011 – Sunday, April 17, 2011

(Japan/1968—directed by Kaneto Shindo)

In war-torn medieval Japan, a vicious demon haunts the Rajomon Gate, ripping out the throats of samurai in the grove beyond. The governor sends a war hero to confront the dangerous spirit, but what the startled man finds instead are two beautiful women who look mysteriously like his lost mother and wife. Both a chilling ghost story and a meditation on the nature of war and social hypocrisy, Kuroneko (Black Cat) is the second, rarely-seen horror triumph from director Kaneto Shindo following his legendary and deeply disturbing 1964 Onibaba. With his masterful mixture of stunning widescreen visuals, an evocative score, and influences from traditional Japanese theater, Shindo’s Kuroneko is atmospheric, haunting and emotionally devastating storytelling. In Japanese with English subtitles. (99 min.)

“Almost unbearably tense… a masterpiece of Japanese cinema.” New York Magazine

Friday, April 8 at 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 9 at 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 10 at 2:00 p.m.
Friday, April 15 at 9:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 16 at 9:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 17 at 4:00 p.m.