Film 275 in the “1001 Films to See Before You Die” challenge is 1964’s ‘Onibaba’. Or as it’s known in English, ‘Demon Hag’. This Kaneto Shindo Japanese historical horror is about two women who kill soldiers to steal their possessions. I’m not gonna lie and say that this film was really hard to watch. There was little to no dialogue to tell me what was happening. All I gathered was that two women are killing soldiers and stealing their things so they can sell them for bags of millets just so they might have a chance to see their husband and son. Also, there’s a war taking place and Kyoto has been burned to the ground. And another thing, if I don’t know the names of the main characters within the first 10/15 minutes then you know something is wrong with this film. The only name I got was Hachi. I have no idea who these women are or this old man who wanders around in a cave wearing a bathrobe and nothing else. Apart from that, I can’t remember anything else from this film. The only thing I like about the film is the poster. I managed 31 minutes before I started to fall asleep. If you have seen this film then let me know what you thought of it in the comments. Here is what I managed to say while watching 1964’s ‘Onibaba’.
Film – Onibaba
Year – 1964
Director – Kaneto Shindo
Written by – Kaneto Shindo
Staring – Nobuko Otowa, Jitsuko Yoshimura, Kei Sato
IMDb Rating – 8/10
My Rating – ZZZzzzz
Length – 97 min (1h 37min)
Genre – Horror
We open with a dark hole
I don’t what is giving me a headache more – This music or the neighbour banging his hammer
Two men on horses are riding through some tall grass as two other men walk away wounded
And the wounded men have been stabbed and killed by…. Someone
Turns out the killers are two women
How to check if someone is dead – Kick them in the head
Well… I guess you won’t be needing all this clothing if you’re dead
Wait… They took all their clothes off the dead men so they can drag them away and throw them in the hole
So… This is what it’s like to live as a killer
The women then visit their husbands who live in a cave
So… They are selling all the stuff they took for bags of millets?!?
So… I’m guessing they aren’t married if she refused to sleep with him
Meanwhile, Hachi arrives at their home looking for food
I have no idea what’s happening
So… These women are killing people in order to get their husband and son back?!?
So… Is there a civil war taking place?
Wait… You’re telling me that a group of soldiers all got beaten up by 20 farmer in his 70’s carrying a stick?!?
This conversation does not help me with what is happening
Turns out that all of Kyoto has been burned to the ground
Hachi leaves and visits his home for some sleep
Well… That’s a brings a different meaning to battered fish
24 minutes in and out of five characters I’ve seen I only know one name
Pretty sure that fish is battered now
Two men on horses decide to have a fight in the river for no reason
Both men are then killed by Hachi and the two women
Who is this old man and why is he offering food for stolen things
Dear Old Man, can you please put a shirt on? Or at least cover yourself?