But the real meat and potatoes is the dynamic between Steve and Anna, along with the looming threat of Slim. This allows the actors to really revel in their respective roles. Lancaster is fantastically anguished in an obsession he's trying to deny, or at least wished he didn't have.
Despite the unavoidable struggles of anthology films, Kwaidan more than makes up for it with visual artistry. The hand-painted, impressionistic backdrops are worth seeing the film for alone. They capture the folkloric essence that presides over all of Kwaidan so perfectly whilst never distracting you away from story or characters.