Film Instinct Woman
posted by May 22 at 15:46 PMon
In 1964 Kaneto Shindo directs Onibaba:
We must never forget this film. It is one of the ten defining works of silver-age Japanese cinema. Two women live in a grass swamp and survive by luring and killing samurai going to or coming from an everlasting war. The women and her daughter-in-law kill and rob men. The bodies of the men are then dumped into a deep hole. The raw power of this film is generated by this dynamic: life devours death. The women are life; the men are death. And the more death life devours, the less death there is in the world; and the more life devours death, the more life there is in the world. The women are the point at which death comes to an end and life thrives; the men are nothing but a cycle of death that has no end. To live is to live on nothing.