Jidaigeki: ‘Onibaba’ (1964)

- Director: Kaneto Shindô

- IMDb user rating: 8.0

- Metascore: data not available

- Runtime: 103

Set within the Edo period of Japanese history (jidaigeki is Japanese for “period drama”), “Onibaba” centers on a woman (Nobuko Otowa) and her daughter-in-law (Jitsuko Yoshimura), who survive during a war by killing samurai and stealing their valuables. Sight & Sound’s Michael Brooke noted that its “greatness and undimmed potency lie in the fact that it works both as an unnervingly blunt horror film and as a...universal social critique.”

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