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Fumio Kônami (written by) &
Nobuo Nakagawa (written by)
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12 July 1968 (Japan) See more »
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  (in credits order)
Yukiko Kuwahara ... Asa
Yukie Kagawa ... Kinu Ônuma , Bride
Seizaburô Kawazu ... Cyôbei Ônuma , Landlord
Kô Nishimura ... Yasuke , Asa's Father
Kunio Murai ... Sutematsu
Shingo Yamashiro ... Takeo Ônuma , Landlord's Son
Chiaki Tsukioka ... Sue , Asa's Mother
Akemi Negishi ... Masae Ônuma , Landlord's Wife
Shunji Sayama ... Kameshichi
Shôken Sawa ... Matsugorô
Hideo Murota ... Saiji
Mariko Taka ... Saki
Tamae Kiyokawa ... Tami
Midori Yamamoto ... Yoshi
Sayoko Tanimoto ... Shrine maiden 1
Asako Hiraga ... Mino
Keiko Itô ... Fuku
Akiko Suzuki ... Matsu
Toshie Kokabu
Kôichi Yamada ... Man B
Noboru Aihara ... Policeman
Gôzô Sôma ... Man A
Rumiko Tanuma
Kiyome Takemura (as Seijo Takemura)
Mariko Ôtake ... Tome
Kayoko Tauchi ... Matsu
Masumi Nadachi
Sakae Yamaura
Jirô Sagawa
Nobuo Hara ... Man C
Junzaburô Ban ... Fusatarô , Village Mayor

Tetsurô Tanba ... Police Chief
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Michiyo Katsuki ... Shrine maiden 2
Eiko Oda ... Iku
Hideko Oda

Directed by
Nobuo Nakagawa 
Writing credits
Fumio Kônami (written by) &
Nobuo Nakagawa (written by)

Produced by
Kaname Ôgizawa .... planner
Tadayuki Ôkubo .... planner
Original Music by
Shunsuke Kikuchi 
Cinematography by
Yoshikazu Yamasawa 
Film Editing by
Yoshiki Nagasawa 
Production Design by
Hiroshi Kitagawa 
Editorial Department
David Block .... colorist (uncredited)

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Also Known As:
"Kaidan hebi-onna" - Japan (original title)
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85 min
Color (Fujicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Plain snakes, 22 November 2011
Author: chaos-rampant from Greece

The closest parable I can think of to the 60's boom of ghost stories, what is called kaidan in Japan, is the Roger Corman films based on Poe; unsophisticated but competent setups, in these films usually about karmic retribution for anomie, and a final third of horror visualized with some flair and ostentation. It's always this last part that is worth watching, with the first just the solid groundwork.

As with the Corman/Poe films, some of these largely identical films are just more satisfying than others. This is one of those middling affairs and what is to blame, I think, is that it just came out when this cycle was already obsolete and about to be eclipsed from the second end of a double-bill by the new fashion of yakuza and chambara films.

The '59 version of Ghost of Yotsuya by the same filmmaker one could even say it was fresh, aesthetically vibrant, even though the staged illusions were adopted directly from kabuki; by '68 it was tired material film-wise.

Shiro Toyoda's films are interesting counterpoints from this time, when the kaidan film was on its way out; knowing how repetitive these had been, Toyoda reworked conventions into more personal portraits of madness. I suggest you seek those out instead.

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