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: