History Film / Onibaba

28th Dec '17 5:05:31 PM Sarcasmosuchus
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* ArmsDealer: Ushi, the shady merchant to whom the women sell the armour and weapons of their victims.



* UntranslatedTitle: "Demon Hag", actually a [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Onibaba_(folklore) Japanese myth]].

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* UntranslatedTitle: "Demon Hag", actually a [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Onibaba_(folklore) Japanese myth]].myth]].
* WarForFunAndProfit: While everyone else is just hoping for the war to be over soon, Ushi seems to delight in it -- after all, it's good for his business.
* WarIsHell: One of the film's central themes is how the common people suffer under the wars started by the ruling class, as they are left with nothing and forced to become ruthless murderers out of sheer neccessity for survival.
28th Dec '17 4:36:39 PM Sarcasmosuchus
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* KickTheDog: Or eat the dog, if you're two peasant women on the ragged edge of starvation.

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* KickTheDog: KickTheDog:
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Or eat the dog, if you're two peasant women on the ragged edge of starvation.starvation.
** In another scene, Hachi and the two women watch as two soldiers are fighting in a river. After a while, one of the soldiers swims towards them and begs for help, only for Hachi to kill him with a spear. Meanwhile, the women go after the other soldier and drown him.
28th Dec '17 4:22:51 PM Sarcasmosuchus
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* DeathByIrony: [[spoiler:Hachi deserted the army because he did not want to be killed in the war. He's ultimately killed by another deserter who broke into his hut to steal food]].
* DemonicPossession: Or is it?

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* DeathByIrony: [[spoiler:Hachi deserted the army because he did not want to be killed in the war. He's ultimately killed by another deserter who broke into his hut to steal some food]].
* DemonicPossession: Or [[spoiler:Possibly, if one subscribes to the theory that the mask is it?indeed cursed]].


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* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: [[spoiler:The film offers to kinds of explanation as to why the mask won't come off. The supernatural explanation is that this is the result of a curse or some sort of divine punishment. The mundane explanation is that the mask simply got sticky after being exposed to rain (or, alternatively, that the old woman contracted a skin disease from the samurai who previously owned the mask). In the end, it is left up to the viewer to decide which of these is the more likely]].
28th Dec '17 4:01:19 PM Sarcasmosuchus
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* BecomingTheMask: Literally, when Kichi's mother-in-law's attempt to scare her backfires.

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* AmbiguousEnding: [[spoiler:The film ends with the young woman leaping over the pit, and the older woman coming after her. However, the film cuts to black before we see the older woman landing on the other side, leaving open the possibility that she fell into the pit and died]].
* BecomingTheMask: Literally, [[spoiler:Literally, when Kichi's mother-in-law's attempt to scare her backfires.backfires]].



* ClingyCostume: After a while, the mask doesn't want to come off.

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* ClingyCostume: After [[spoiler:After a while, the mask doesn't want to come off.off]].



* DeathByIrony: [[spoiler:Hachi deserted the army because he did not want to be killed in the war. He's ultimately killed by another deserter who broke into his hut to steal food]].



* DiabolusExMachina: The random burglar, or whoever, who shows up at Hachi's hut out of nowhere, and kills Hachi when Hachi returns.
* DramaticUnmask: The older woman finally manages to yank the mask off the samurai's face, only to find that he is badly deformed. At the end, after the younger woman resorts to whacking the mask off the older woman's face with a mallet, she is horribly deformed as well.
* EvilMask: The mask eventually leaves its wearers horribly mangled, and may turn them into demons.

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* DiabolusExMachina: The [[spoiler:The random burglar, or whoever, deserter who shows up at Hachi's hut out of nowhere, and kills Hachi when Hachi returns.
he returns]].
* DramaticUnmask: The older woman finally manages to yank the mask off the samurai's face, only to find that he is badly deformed. At [[spoiler:At the end, after the younger woman resorts to whacking the mask off the older woman's face with a mallet, she is horribly deformed as well.
well]].
* EvilMask: The [[spoiler:The mask eventually leaves its wearers horribly mangled, and may even turn them into demons.demons]].



* RepeatCut: The final shot of the older woman's ghastly face as she leaps over the PitTrap is repeated six times, as she screams that she's not a demon, before the film cuts to black.

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* RepeatCut: The final shot of the [[spoiler:the older woman's ghastly face as she leaps over the PitTrap PitTrap]] is repeated six times, as she [[spoiler:she screams that she's not a demon, demon]], before the film cuts to black.


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* RuleOfThree: Three times, the older woman dons the demon mask to scare her daughter-in-law and prevent her from sleeping with Hachi. Two times, she succeeds. On the third night, however, the younger woman's passion proves to be stronger than her fear, and she ends up having sex with Hachi right in the middle of the field. The older woman decides to give up after this -- [[spoiler:and then it turns out that the mask won't come off ...]]
28th Jun '17 11:34:10 AM WillBGood
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* EvilMask: The mask eventually leaves it's wearers horribly mangled, and may turn them into demons.

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* EvilMask: The mask eventually leaves it's its wearers horribly mangled, and may turn them into demons.
16th Dec '16 2:06:26 PM jamespolk
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* HollywoodDarkness: There must be a full moon every night, because it's always pretty well lit, with beams of light on the two women in their hut as they sleep. There's even a spotlight on the PitTrap in the final scene.
16th Dec '16 12:24:26 PM jamespolk
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* SkunkStripe: Appropriately, the murderous older woman sports one of these.

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* SkunkStripe: Appropriately, the murderous older woman sports one of these.these.
* UntranslatedTitle: "Demon Hag", actually a [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Onibaba_(folklore) Japanese myth]].
16th Dec '16 12:21:19 PM jamespolk
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* DramaticUnmask: The older woman finally manages to yank the mask off the samurai's face, only to find that he is badly deformed. At the end, after the younger woman resorts to whacking the mask off the older woman's face with a mallet, she is horribly deformed as well.



* {{Fanservice}}: Multiple shots of both women topless in their hut. This was one of the first movies in Japanese history to have significant nudity.

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* {{Fanservice}}: Multiple shots of both women topless in their hut.hut, sex scenes between the young woman and Hachi, Hachi clad only in a loincloth, Hachi and the young woman running naked through the grass and rice fields. This was one of the first movies in Japanese history to have significant nudity.
16th Dec '16 12:18:12 PM jamespolk
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* ClingyCostume
* CoolMask: The mysterious samurai Kichi's mother-in-law leads through the susuki grass.

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* ClingyCostume
ClingyCostume: After a while, the mask doesn't want to come off.
* CoolMask: The mysterious samurai Kichi's mother-in-law leads through the susuki grass.grass wears one of these, supposedly to protect his handsome face.



* EvilMask

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* EvilMaskEvilMask: The mask eventually leaves it's wearers horribly mangled, and may turn them into demons.



* GhostlyGlide

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* GhostlyGlideGhostlyGlide: OK, so the older woman is using the mask to scare the younger woman, but that doesn't really explain how she glides like that.


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* RepeatCut: The final shot of the older woman's ghastly face as she leaps over the PitTrap is repeated six times, as she screams that she's not a demon, before the film cuts to black.
16th Dec '16 12:04:29 PM jamespolk
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* DiabolusExMachina: The random burglar, or whoever, who shows up at Hachi's hut out of nowhere, and kills Hachi when Hachi returns.
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