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Hausu House

Title
Hausu [videorecording] = House / Janus Films ; Tōhō Co., Ltd. ; a Toho Eizo production ; concept by Chigumi Obayashi ; screenplay by Chiho Katsura ; directed by Nobuhiko Obayashi.
Variant title
Title on container: Nobuhiko Obayashi's House
Format
DVD, Videodisc
Uniform series
Criterion collection 539.
Published/Produced
[Irvington, NY] : Criterion Collection, 2010.
Description
1 videodisc (88 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet ([24] p. : ill. ; 19 cm.)
Cast
Kimiko Ikegami, Miki Jinbo, Kumiko Oba, Ai Matsubara, Mieko Sato, Eriko Tanaka, Masayo Miyako, Kiyohiko Ozaki, Saho Sasazawa, Asei Kobayashi, Mitoshi Ishigami, Tomokazu Miura, Fumi Dan, Godiego, Haruko Wanibuchi, Yoko Minamida.
Credits
Cinematography, Yoshitaka Sakamoto ; production design, Kazuo Satsuya ; music, Asei Kobayashi, Mickie Yoshino ; songs performed by Godiego ; editor, Ogawa Nobuo.
System details
DVD; Region 1, NTSC; Dolby Digital mono.; full screen presentation, preserving the 1.33:1 aspect ratio of the original theatrical exhibition.
Language
In Japanese with optional subtitles in English.
Summary
Tokyo teenager Gorgeous is upset with her long-widowed father--he wants to marry his new girlfriend Ryoko. Seriously miffed, Gorgeous hits the road to visit her aunt in the country, bringing along her best girlfriends Sweet, Melody, Fantasy, Prof, Mac, and Kung Fu. The titular house belongs to the wheelchair bound aunt, whose large white cat has been immortalized in artwork throughout. Things soon start to go very badly for the teenagers. While there are pinwheeling body parts, there are also bits of homage to avant-garde cinema, Looney Tunes cartoons, schlock Italian horror, chop-socky martial arts--all in a dreamlike, phantasmagoria of brightly colored Seventies-era kitsch. This is hardly to everyone's tastes, but it is old-school Japanese insanity of the very best kind.
Contents note
  • Movie
  • Summer plans
  • Daddy's big surprise
  • Box of memories
  • Girls
  • Letter to Auntie
  • To the countryside
  • Kiss of fire
  • Satoyama village
  • House
  • Lonely no more
  • Looking tasty
  • Searching for Mac
  • Not illusions
  • Auntie's promise
  • Mirror, mirror
  • Witch cat
  • Vanished
  • "We're trapped!"
  • Keys with teeth
  • Unexplainable, unnatural
  • Auntie's world
  • Kung Fu to the rescue
  • Eaten
  • Forever
  • "Time passes on"
  • Color bars.
Notes
Originally produced as a motion picture in 1977.
Special features: Trailer; Émotion [featurette]; Constructing a "House" [featurette]; "House" appraisal [featurette]; booklet includes the essay "The Housemaidens" by Chuck Stephens.
Awards
Winner, 1978 Blue Ribbon Award, Best New Director--Nobuhiko Ôbayashi.
Subject headings
Haunted houses--Drama.
Young women--Drama.
Aunts--Drama.
Friendship--Drama.
Fathers and daughters--Drama.
Japan--Drama.
Genre heading
Haunted house films.
Horror films.
Fantasy films.
Experimental films.
Fiction films.
Feature films.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Other contributors
大林千茱萸.
Ōbayashi, Chigumi.
桂千穂, 1930-
Katsura, Chiho, 1930-
大林宣彥, 1938-
Ōbayashi, Nobuhiko, 1938-
池上季実子, 1959-
Ikegami, Kimiko, 1959-
神保美喜, 1960-
Jinbo, Miki, 1960-
大場久美子, 1960-
Ōba, Kumiko, 1960-
松原愛,
Matsubara, Ai.
鰐淵晴子.
Wanibuchi, Haruko.
南田洋子, 1933-2009.
Minamida, Yōko, 1933-2009.
東宝株式会社.
Tōhō Kabushiki Kaisha.
東宝映像株式会社
Tōhō Eizō Kabushiki Kaisha.
Janus Films.
Criterion Collection (Firm)
ISBN
1604653183
9781604653182
Standard Identifier
715515062213

Holdings

Library
Blmgtn - Herman B Wells Library
Call Number
PN1997 .H387 2010
Location
Missing
Library
Blmgtn - Herman B Wells Library
Call Number
PN1997 .H387 2010
Location
Wells Library - Media Services - Video Browsing
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