Janus Films presents “Kuro neko” (black cat), a classic Japanese film on a new 35MM print, opening February 25th at Landmark’s Lagoon Cinema, 1320 Lagoon Avenue, Minneapolis.
Directed by Kaneto Shindo, the 1968 film (not rated) the story is set in war-torn medieval Japan, where a demon haunts the Rajomon Gate, ripping out the throats of samurai in the grove beyond. The governor sends a war hero to confront the spirit, but what the man finds are two beautiful women who look just like his lost mother and wife.
Both a chilling ghost story and a meditation on the nature of war and social hypocrisy, Kuroneko is the second horror triumph from director Kaneto Shindo (Naked Island, Onibaba), who mixes stunning visuals, an evocative score, and influences from traditional Japanese theater to create an atmospheric, haunting, and emotionally devastating masterpiece. www.janusfilms.com/kuroneko