2010 is all about
trying new things delving into new genres! Onibaba is one of the first Japanese horror films that I have seen and I’ve gotta admit that it’s got me pretty psyched to see more from this genre (I tend to get a little obsessed). Some of the best films are the simplest ones (No. Not you, Phone Booth!). It takes an uncomplicated story, and in this case minimal characters and weaves a fascinating and spooky tale of survival, lust and jealousy.
After a solider (Kichi) is drafted into Japan’s civil war, his mother and wife are left behind to survive without a breadwinner. The two women begin hunting fallen samurais and hawking their armor and belongings for food. It’s unsettling how merciless they become over time, dumping their victim’s bodies into a seemingly bottomless pit without thinking twice! YIKES. They carry on until the arrival of Hachi (a soldier, and friend of Kichi’s) throws off the balance of the dynamic between the two woman. I really don’t want to give away too much because I was a little surprised by the way the story turned and I want you to be surprised too! Amazing visuals, a vibrant drum filled score and a not so welcome visit from a creepy kabuki mask make this a must-see for Japanese horror cinema newbies like me.