Four Japanese folk tales were adapted for this rapturously stylized anthology from the great Japanese director Masaki Kobayashi, which received an Academy Award nomination for Foreign Language Film. In the tradition of classic multi-story supernatural films, Kwaidan tells four ghost stories. A penniless samurai marries for money with tragic results. A man stranded in a blizzard is saved by Yuki the Snow Maiden, but his rescue comes at a cost. Blind musician Hoichi is forced to perform for an audience of ghosts. An author relates the story of a samurai who sees another warrior's reflection in his teacup. Kobayashi uses luminous cinematography, colorfully surreal sets and the eerie, electronic-flecked music of Toru Takemitsu to create a visually and aurally imaginative work of fantasy that called upon the director's painterly roots. These haunting tales of demonic comeuppance and spiritual trials, adapted from writer Lafcadio Hearn’s collections of Japanese folklore, are existentially frightening and meticulously crafted. Decades before “J-horror” became an influential movement in international genre cinema, Kwaidan chilled audiences around the world and is presented in the original three-hour cut, never before released.