Kwaidan

Kwaidan

Directed by Masaki Kobayashi • 1965 • Japan

After more than a decade of sober political dramas and socially minded period pieces, the great Japanese director Masaki Kobayashi shifted gears dramatically for this rapturously stylized quartet of ghost stories. Featuring colorfully surreal sets and luminous cinematography, these haunting tales of demonic comeuppance and spiritual trials, adapted from writer Lafcadio Hearn's collections of Japanese folklore, are existentially frightening and meticulously crafted. This version of Kwaidan is the original three-hour cut, never before released in the United States.

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Kwaidan
  • Kwaidan

    Directed by Masaki Kobayashi • 1965 • Japan

    After more than a decade of sober political dramas and socially minded period pieces, the great Japanese director Masaki Kobayashi shifted gears dramatically for this rapturously stylized quartet of ghost stories. Featuring colorfully surreal sets and ...

Extras

  • KWAIDAN Commentary

    Recorded by the Criterion Collection in 2015, this audio commentary features film scholar Stephen Prince, author of “The Warrior’s Camera.” To listen to the commentary while viewing the movie, press the AUDIO key on your remote at any time.

  • Masaki Kobayashi and Masahiro Shinoda on KWAIDAN

    This conversation between director Masaki Kobayashi and filmmaker Masahiro Shinoda about the making of KWAIDAN was shot in 1993 for the Directors Guild of Japan.

  • Kiyoshi Ogasawara on KWAIDAN

    In this interview, shot in 2015, KWAIDAN assistant director Kiyoshi Ogasawara discusses working with director Masaki Kobayashi and the original, 183-minute version of the film.

  • Guillermo del Toro on KWAIDAN

  • Lafcadio Hearn

    In the nineteenth century, writer Lafcadio Hearn played a crucial role in popularizing Japanese folklore for Western audiences. Four of his stories provided the basis for Masaki Kobayashi’s KWAIDAN. In this piece, made in 2015, English literature scholar Christopher Benfey, editor of “Lafcadio He...

  • Black-and-White Theatrical Trailer

  • Color Theatrical Trailer 2