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Release Date: December 29, 1964

Year    :   1964
Slogan    :   «Bizarre, unearthly, terrifying - a nation's legend, an author's imagination, a director's creation manifest in the superlative - Kwaidan»
Genres    :   Fantasy, Horror, Drama
Production Companies    :   Bungei, Toho, Ninjin Club, Toyo Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
Director    :   Masaki Kobayashi
Producers    :   Shigeru Wakatsuki, Kazuo Kuwahara, Michiyoshi Takashima, Yôichi Ukita, Tadanosuke Sumida
Writers    :   Yoko Mizuki, Lafcadio Hearn
RunTime    :   183 mins.

Taking its title from an archaic Japanese word meaning "ghost story," this anthology adapts four folk tales. A penniless samurai marries for money with tragic results. A man stranded in a blizzard is saved by Yuki the Snow Maiden, but his rescue comes at a cost. Blind musician Hoichi is forced to perform for an audience of ghosts. An author relates the story of a samurai who sees another warrior's reflection in his teacup.

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