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Onibaba (1964)

Onibaba
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Nobuko Otowa Nobuko Otowa
Kichi's Mother
Jitsuko Yoshimura Jitsuko Yoshimura
Kichi's Wife
Kei Sato Kei Sato
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A face that you could fall in love with...

9 years, 10 months ago at Jul 14 0:42
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''You want to see a face that you could fall in love with?''

During the Nanboku-chō period, a woman (Nobuko Otowa) and her daughter-in-law (Jitsuko Yoshimura) live in a small hut in a susuki grass swamp.

Nobuko Otowa: Kichi's Mother

Onibaba (鬼婆, literally Demon Woman) (1964) is a Japanese horror film based on a Buddhist parable. Directed by Kaneto... read more
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After being forcefully inducted as a soldier into war in 14th century Japan, his wife and mother remain living in a swamp. They eke out their living by ambushing worn-out warriors, killing them and selling their belongings to a greedy merchant. The woman comes to mistrust her daughter-in-law who has coupled up with a deserter, and begins to wear a facial mask she has taken from a slain samurai. Soon the mask will not come off again. In this disguise she is at first taken for a demon by her daughter.
Release date: 21 November 1964
UPC: 037429185827
Tags: Japan (14), Horror (14), 1964 (12), Japanese (10), 1960s (8), Samurai (7), Murder (6), Mask (6), War (5), Drama (4), B&w (4), Female Nudity (4), Vengeance (4), Feudal Japan (4), Black And White (3), Violence (3), Asian (3), Medieval Times (3), Jidaigeki (3), Stealing From A Dead Body (3)
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