A 1964 film directed by Masaki Kobayashi, based on the Japanese ghost stories collected and translated by Lafcadio Hearn. The spelling "kwaidan" for "ghost story" is deliberately old-fashioned; the current romanization would be "kaidan."
The film is an anthology of four unrelated stories.
* "Black Hair": A samurai divorces his poor but honest weaver wife to marry the daughter of a prominent family and thus advance his position.
* "The Woman of the Snow": A woodcutter encounters the ''yuki-onna'' spirit and is spared on the condition that he tell no one of his experience.
* "Earless Ho'ichi": A blind musician who specialzes in the historical saga "The Tale of the Heike" has to make a command performance.
* "In a Cup of Tea": An unfinished story about a samurai who sees someone else's reflection, and a possible reason the story was unfinished.
Kwaidan won a special jury prize at Cannes in 1965 and received a Best Foreign Film Oscar nomination.
!!Tropes seen in this film include:
* AdaptationExpansion: "Earless Ho'ichi" begins with a retelling of the final Genji-Heike battle, only alluded to in the literary version.
* AnIcePerson: The yuki-onna.
* ForbiddenFruit: The woodcutter must tell no one of his encounter with the yuki-onna, not even his wife. Eventually, he feels compelled to do it.
* ForegoneConclusion: "Earless Ho'ichi."
* NoEnding: The samurai's story in "In a Cup of Tea.'
* OurSoulsAreDifferent: "In a Cup of Tea."
* RuleOfThree: "In a Cup of Tea", the samurai tosses away the water when he sees the stranger's reflection twice, but the third time he drinks.