Review “Harakiri” (1962)

This is a Japanese samurai film set in the seventeenth century, where the Shogunate’s breaking up of the various clans forced thousands of samurai out of work. One of these samurai goes to a clan’s house to request their premises to commit hara-kiri, a ritual suicide considered honourable by the samurai when they felt they…

Review “Onibaba”

‘Onibaba’ was released in 1964, and is a black and white Japanese film directed by Kaneto Shindo. It’s often billed as horror, and it is certainly horrific, but not in the way you might expect. In fourteenth century Japan, during a time of civil war, two peasant women (Nobuko Otowa and Jitsuko Yoshimura), struggle to…