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Onibaba

Onibaba

1964 (Kaneto Shindo) 18A, 107 minutes - Japanese with English Subtitles

Japan Foundation Presents - Free Screenings!

When the Mask Becomes the Face

For the month of October, The Japan Foundation, Toronto presents three films in which a mask becomes more than a temporary disguise.

 

Onibaba is a chilling, atmospheric examination of the hot-blooded instinct for survival amidst the devastation of war. When her son Kichi goes off to war, a woman is left alone with her daughter-in-law in a cramped hut in the middle of a dark, labyrinthine swamp. Feral and desperate, the two women survive by murdering lost samurai, dumping their bodies into a deep pit and selling their armour for rice.

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