Kaidan

"Good"

Kaidan Review


Kaidan is the kind of film that washes over you without much worry for whether or not you're following its story. And considering the movie is based on four simplistic short stories/fairy tales (of Japanese origin -- I do not know how "classic" the stories are in Japanese culture), you probably won't care one whit whether the samurai returns to his true love after divorcing her to marry a rich woman, or whether a woodcutter breaks his promise not to tell other people about a snow spirit.

Watching Masaki Kobayashi's grandiose and elaborate set pieces (and it's obvious this is all shot in a studio, adding to the grandeur of this production) is the focus of the show -- his hand-panted skies are surreal and fascinating. Unfortunately, the storyline doesn't intrigue nearly enough to keep you rapt for three hours, leaving you with a similar experience to Legend, all show and nobody home.



Kaidan

Facts and Figures

Run time: 115 mins

In Theaters: Saturday 4th August 2007

Distributed by: LionsGate Entertainment

Production compaines: Toho Company, Ninjin Club, Toyo Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 3 / 5

IMDB: 6.4 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director: Masaki Kobayashi

Starring: as First wife (segment "Kurokami"), as Second Wife (segment "Kurokami"), as Husband (segment "Kurokami"), as Father (segment "Kurokami"), Ranko Akagi as Mother (segment "Kurokami"), Fumie Kitahara as (segment "Kurokami"), Kappei Matsumoto as (segment "Kurokami"), Yoshiko Ieda as (segment "Kurokami"), Otome Tsukimiya as (segment "Kurokami"), Kenzô Tanaka as (segment "Kurokami"), Kiyoshi Nakano as (segment "Kurokami"), as Mi nokichi (segment "Yuki-Onna"), as Yuki the Snow Maiden (segment "Yuki-Onna"), Yûko Mochizuki as Minokichi's mother (segment "Yuki-Onna"), Kin Sugai as Village woman (segment "Yuki-Onna"), Noriko Sengoku as Village woman (segment "Yuki-Onna"), Akiko Nomura as (segment "Yuki-Onna"), Torahiko Hamada as (segment "Yuki-Onna"), Jun Hamamura as (segment "Yuki-Onna"), as Hoichi (segment "Miminashi Hôichi no hanashi"), as Warrior (segment "Miminashi Hôichi no hanashi"), as Head priest (segment "Miminashi Hôichi no hanashi"), Yoichi Hayashi as Attendant (segment "Miminashi Hôichi no hanashi"), Eiko Muramatsu as Kenreiinmon (segment "Miminashi Hôichi no hanashi"), as Yasaku (segment "Miminashi Hôichi no hanashi"), as Taira no Tomomori (segment "Miminashi Hôichi no hanashi"), Ichirô Nakatani as (segment "Miminashi Hôichi no hanashi"), Masanori Tomotake as (segment "Miminashi Hôichi no hanashi"), Tokue Hanazawa as (segment "Miminashi Hôichi no hanashi"), Shizue Natsukawa as Taira no Tokiko (segment "Miminashi Hôichi no hanashi"), Susumu Tatsuoka as (segment "Miminashi Hôichi no hanashi"), Makiko Kitashiro as (segment "Miminashi Hôichi no hanashi"), Masakazu Kuwayama as (segment "Miminashi Hôichi no hanashi"), Mutsuhiko Tsurumaru as (segment "Miminashi Hôichi no hanashi"), Akira Tani as Huntsman #2 (segment "Miminashi Hôichi no hanashi"), Yôsuke Kondô as (segment "Miminashi Hôichi no hanashi"), Kiyoshi Yamamoto as (segment "Miminashi Hôichi no hanashi"), Kinji Omino as (segment "Miminashi Hôichi no hanashi"), Atsuo Nakamura as (segment "Miminashi Hôichi no hanashi"), Ginzô Sekiguchi as (segment "Miminashi Hôichi no hanashi") (as Kinzô Sekiguchi), Akio Miyabe as (segment "Miminashi Hôichi no hanashi"), Gen'ya Nagai as (segment "Miminashi Hôichi no hanashi"), Toru Uchida as (segment "Miminashi Hôichi no hanashi") (as Tôru Uchida), Hikaru Jinno as (segment "Miminashi Hôichi no hanashi"), Toshio Fukuhara as (segment "Miminashi Hôichi no hanashi"), Kirô Abe as (segment "Miminashi Hôichi no hanashi"), Toshiro Yagi as (segment "Miminashi Hôichi no hanashi") (as Toshirô Yagi), Yuriko Abe as (segment "Miminashi Hôichi no hanashi"), Yuri Satô as (segment "Miminashi Hôichi no hanashi"), Kyôichi Satô as (segment "Miminashi Hôichi no hanashi"), Nobuo Aikawa as (segment "Miminashi Hôichi no hanashi"), Taiji Kodama as (segment "Miminashi Hôichi no hanashi"), Nobuaki Maeda as (segment "Miminashi Hôichi no hanashi"), Teruhiko Shibata as (segment "Miminashi Hôichi no hanashi"), Haruo Kaji as (segment "Miminashi Hôichi no hanashi"), Michio Gina as (segment "Miminashi Hôichi no hanashi"), Seiji Tabe as (segment "Miminashi Hôichi no hanashi"), Mitsuko Narita as (segment "Miminashi Hôichi no hanashi"), Noriko Mikura as (segment "Miminashi Hôichi no hanashi"), Aiko Nagayama as (segment "Miminashi Hôichi no hanashi"), Michiko Nakahata as (segment "Miminashi Hôichi no hanashi"), Kan'emon Nakamura as Kannai - a Guard (segment "Chawan no naka"), as Author / Narrator (segment "Chawan no naka"), as Madame (segment "Chawan no naka"), as Publisher (segment "Chawan no naka") (as Ganjirô Nakamura), as Shikibu Heinai (segment "Chawan no naka"), Seiji Miyaguchi as Old man (segment "Chawan no naka"), Kei Satô as Ghost samurai (segment "Chawan no naka"), Shigeru Kôyama as (segment "Chawan no naka"), Jun Tazaki as Kannai's Colleague #1 (segment "Chawan no naka"), Junkichi Orimoto as (segment "Chawan no naka"), Akiji Kobayashi as (segment "Chawan no naka"), Yoshirô Aoki as (segment "Chawan no naka"), Isao Tamagawa as (segment "Chawan no naka"), Hideyo Amamoto as (segment "Chawan no naka"), Akiko Naraoka as Suzue, Kannai's Sister (In a Cup of Tea)

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