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Daijirô Morohoshi (manga "Kairyû-sai no yoru - yôkai hantâ") and
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Release Date:
11 May 1991 (Japan) See more »
A school was built on one of the Gates of Hell, behind which hordes of demons await the moment they will be free to roam the Earth... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Creepy, lightweight fare from the director of the TETSUO movies See more (12 total) »


  (in credits order)
Kenji Sawada ... Hieda Reijirou
Masaki Kudou ... Masao Yabe
Hideo Murota ... Watanabe

Naoto Takenaka ... Takashi Yabe
Megumi Ueno ... Tsukishima Reiko
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bang-ho Cho (as Banhô Chô)
Ken Mitsuishi
Imari Tsuji
Kimiko Yo

Directed by
Shin'ya Tsukamoto 
Writing credits
Daijirô Morohoshi  manga "Kairyû-sai no yoru - yôkai hantâ" and
Koji Tsutsumi  story

Shin'ya Tsukamoto (screenplay)

Produced by
Yasuhiro Hasegawa .... executive producer
Toshiaki Nakazawa .... producer
Sadao Ochi .... associate producer
Koji Tsutsumi .... planner (as Kôji Tsutsumi)
Shin Yoneyama .... associate producer
Shin Yoneyama .... producer
Original Music by
Tatsushi Umegaki 
Cinematography by
Masahiro Kishimoto 
Film Editing by
Yoshitami Kuroiwa 
Shin'ya Tsukamoto 
Makeup Department
Etsuko Egawa .... special makeup effects artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Shigeru Sakurada .... assistant director
Sound Department
Osamu Kageyama .... sound recordist
Special Effects by
Eiichi Asada .... special effects supervisor
Takashi Oda .... special creature effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Kenjirô Konaka .... lighting director

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Also Known As:
"Yôkai hantâ: Hiruko" - Japan (original title)
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89 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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6 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Creepy, lightweight fare from the director of the TETSUO movies, 25 August 2004
Author: Brian Thibodeau from Sarnia, Ontario

HIRUKO: THE GOBLIN (1990) Surprisingly fluffy supernatural adventure film from the director of the TETSUO movies, Shinya Tsukamoto, perhaps done to prove he could apply a mainstream touch to lighter material. As such, it's still got his trademark bodily aberrations and spurting blood. An archaeologist uncovers an burial mound he believes to be some sort of an appeasement to ancient gods, but he and a student are killed by the critters within.

Meanwhile, his colleague (Kenji Sawada), now conveniently a goblin hunter, teams with the man's son to seal off the tomb under the mound before more deaths are caused by the free-roaming goblin, which looks like a human head with spider legs and hypnotizes its victims into a state of tranquil bliss that makes it much easier for them to saw off their own heads. Speedy fun, played with just enough tongue in cheek. Based on a book by Daijirao Moroboshi. I watched the R2 British edition of this. I give it an 8.

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