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Thn HalloweenFest Day 25: Kwaidan

“If it were not for those children asleep there, I would kill you this moment.”

Directors: Masaki Kobayashi

Cast: Rentaro Mikumi, Tatsuya Nakadai, Keiko Kishi, Katsuo Nakamura, Takashi Shimura, Kan’emon Nakamura

Plot: An anthology of four Japanese folk tales that centre on ghosts.

Horror has always worked in the anthology format. A number of different tales being told in succession gives the feel of sitting round the campfire and one-upmanship. I’ve never done that myself, but I can imagine it’s pretty cool having watched Are You Afraid Of The Dark? Anthologies have always interested me, as there is usually something to be gained from them. Even if just one of the stories hits, then you haven’t exactly wasted your time. The greatest of all cinematic anthologies has to be the Japanese classic Kwaidan.

Kwaidan is directed by one of the many masters of Japanese film Masaki Kobayashi.

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