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Kuroneko by Kaneto Shindo (Japan, 1968, 99 min.). In this poetic and atmospheric horror fable, set in a village in war-torn medieval Japan, a malevolent spirit is ripping out the throats of itinerant samurai. When a military hero is sent to dispatch the unseen force, he finds that he must struggle with his own personal demons as well. From Kaneto Shindo, director of the terror classic Onibaba, Kuroneko (Black Cat) is a spectacularly eerie twilight tale with a shocking feminist angle, evoked through ghostly special effects and exquisite cinematography.