Detroit Film Theatre


KWAIDAN

Sunday, October 30, 2011

4:30 PM Detroit Film Theatre

(Japan/1965-directed by Masaki Kobayashi)

This visually masterful rendering of four ghostly stories by Lafcadio Hearn, an American author who moved to Japan in the 19th century, remains one of the most beautiful and gently disquieting visions of the supernatural ever committed to film. Japan's celebrated Masaki Kobayashi (Harakiri, The Human Condition) mounted these tales of demons, spirits and dreadfully fulfilled curses in a widescreen, richly colored style; each episode has a distinctive look, and Kobayashi's efforts brought him the Special Jury Prize at the 1965 Cannes Film Festival as well as an Oscar nomination. One of the film's most extraordinary sequences - "The Woman of the Snow" - was excised from Kwaidan's original American release in order to shorten its running time, but this restored version contains every haunting, creepy moment. Featuring a memorable score by the great Toru Takemitsu (Woman in the Dunes, Ran), Kwaidan is both a unnerving Halloween treat and a stunning, essential work of Japanese cinema. In Japanese with English subtitles. (161 min.)

"An extraordinarily delicate and sensuous horror picture." The New York Times

Sunday, October 30 at 4:30 p.m.