January 1st, 2012: Kwaidan aka Kaidan (1964)

Cast and Crew: Masaki Kobayashi (Director); Takashi Shimura

What It’s About:   Four ghost stories, set in different historical periods in Japan’s history. 

Why Watch it Today?:  The second story, “The Woman in the Snow”, is a haunting winter tale, beautifully told on sumptuous sets, while the last story, “In a Cup of Tea”, takes place on New Year’s Day.  All four stories are based on Lafcadio Hearn’s interpretation of Japanese folklore, making an exceptional anthology film.

Where to Get It: Hulu Plus; Netflix (Rental), Libraries

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