MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 21,431 this week

The Ghost of Yotsuya (1959)
"Tôkaidô Yotsuya kaidan" (original title)

 -  Horror  -  11 July 1959 (Japan)
7.2
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.2/10 from 636 users  
Reviews: 10 user | 16 critic

The ghost of a samurai's wife takes revenge on her husband.

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (screenplay), 1 more credit »
0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb Picks: March

IMDb's editors share the movies and TV shows they are excited to see in March.

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 24 titles
created 22 Oct 2011
 
a list of 37 titles
created 11 Sep 2012
 
a list of 30 titles
created 29 Nov 2012
 
a list of 28 titles
created 01 Nov 2013
 
list image
a list of 42 titles
created 5 months ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Ghost of Yotsuya (1959)

The Ghost of Yotsuya (1959) on IMDb 7.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Ghost of Yotsuya.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Director: Nobuo Nakagawa
Stars: Yukiko Kuwahara, Yukie Kagawa, Seizaburô Kawazu
Sada (1998)
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

The film follows the life of Sada Abe, who became a celebrity in 1936 after strangling her lover and slicing off his penis.

Director: Nobuhiko Ôbayashi
Stars: Hitomi Kuroki, Tsurutarô Kataoka, Norihei Miki
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Sadako was raised as a maid in the household of her husband, who continues to treat her as a serf. While the husband is away... See full synopsis »

Director: Shôhei Imamura
Stars: Masumi Harukawa, Kô Nishimura, Shigeru Tsuyuguchi
Odd Obsession (1959)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A man getting on in years sets out to find a way to resurrect his flagging virility.

Director: Kon Ichikawa
Stars: Machiko Kyô, Ganjirô Nakamura, Junko Kanô
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

After escaping from an insane asylum, a young medical student takes on the identity of a dead man to discover the true identity of a man whose picture he saw in a newspaper--who is his ... See full summary »

Director: Teruo Ishii
Stars: Teruo Yoshida, Yukie Kagawa, Teruko Yumi
Kuroneko (1968)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Two women are raped and killed by samurai soldiers. Soon they reappear as vengeful ghosts who seduce and brutally murder the passing samurai.

Director: Kaneto Shindô
Stars: Kichiemon Nakamura, Nobuko Otowa, Kei Satô
Daimajin (1966)
Drama | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A giant stone statue comes to life to protect the residents of a small town against the depradations of an evil warlord.

Director: Kimiyoshi Yasuda
Stars: Miwa Takada, Yoshihiko Aoyama, Jun Fujimaki
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A juvenile delinquent gets out of the pen and immediately embarks on a rampage of untethered anger, most of it directed at the girlfriend of the journalist who helped send him up. The ... See full summary »

Director: Koreyoshi Kurahara
Stars: Tamio Kawachi, Eiji Gô, Noriko Matsumoto
Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

The descendant of the servant of a cruel and vicious samurai returns to the town where she was born, only to find that a cat who is possessed by the spirits of those murdered by the samurai is trying to kill her.

Director: Nobuo Nakagawa
Stars: Toshio Hosokawa, Yuriko Ejima, Takashi Wada
The Depths (1957)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A blind masseur visits a samurai to request the return of a loan. The samurai kills him in anger, then has his servant dump the body in the Kasane swamp. However, the ghost of the masseur ... See full summary »

Director: Nobuo Nakagawa
Stars: Katsuko Wakasugi, Takashi Wada, Noriko Kitazawa
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Iemon Tamiya is an impovershed masterless samurai who craves a better life, which he cannot have because of his marriage to Oiwa, who is completely devoted to her husband

Director: Keisuke Kinoshita
Stars: Kinuyo Tanaka, Ken Uehara, Haruko Sugimura
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Director: Nobuo Nakagawa
Stars: Shigeru Amachi, Takashi Wada, Junko Ikeuchi
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Shigeru Amachi ...
Iemon Tamiya
Noriko Kitazawa ...
Sode
Katsuko Wakasugi ...
Iwa
Shuntarô Emi ...
Naosuke
Ryûzaburô Nakamura ...
Yomoshichi Satô
Junko Ikeuchi ...
Ume Itô
Jun Ôtomo ...
Takuetsu
Hiroshi Hayashi ...
Kiemon Itô
Shinjirô Asano ...
Samon Yotsuya
Arata Shibata ...
Hikoemon Satô
Kikuko Hanaoka ...
Maki
Hiroshi Sugi ...
Jônen
Yôzô Takamura ...
Usaburô Ozawa
Nagamasa Yamada
Hiroshi Izumida
Edit

Storyline

This classic Japanese horror movie directed by Nobuo Nakagawa is based on an 18th-century masterpiece written by Nanboku Tsuruya. It is about a woman who haunts her husband after she dies a miserable death. The story has terrified the Japanese people for ages. Written by Leo Urbina

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

death | samurai | ghost | poison | masseur | See All (27) »

Genres:

Horror

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

11 July 1959 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Ghost Story of Yotsuya  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Color:

(Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Version of Yotsuya kaidan (1925) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
The second half will be cherished by the Gothic horror aficionado
14 October 2009 | by (Greece) – See all my reviews

Funny how things change. In 1949 Shintoho was producing prestige films like Akira Kurosawa's STRAY DOG. Ten years later they were producing scores of everything from lurid melodramas to nationalist war movies to cheap gangster flicks to kaidan period horror movies like this. Two years later, in 1961, they declared bankruptcy and closed shop, the first semi-big studio in postwar Japan to do so. Nobuo Nakagawa, along with Teruo Ishii who graduated from the film noir of the Chitai series into full blown sleaze and torture 10 years later, was one of those prolific studio filmmakers responsible for many of their kaidan pictures. His biggest call to fame is JIGOKU from the following year but this is an ample showcase of both the good and the bad of Shintoho film-making.

Based on the classic story by Nanboku Tsuruya about a conniving lowly samurai who is haunted by the ghost of the wife he murdered, a lot of the drama is hackneyed, the characters simple caricatures of good and evil, innocent and scheming, the dialogues delivered on-the-nose. Iemon, the murderous samurai, is played and depicted as the worst villain possible. No grey areas here, nothing morally ambiguous, the movie is melodrama played to the back of the house. And yet, the first appearance of the ghost sent chills down my spine. Ringu and Ju On didn't invent the pale-faced ghost that creeps along the edge of the frame. It was there 50 years ago and in Kabuki theater before that.

With the eye of a stylist, Nakagawa orchestrates a vision of hell on earth, ghosts rising from the ground or peering down from the ceiling, and it's all very stagey and theatrical probably to appeal to an audience already familiar with the story from Kabuki theater and as much creepy/atmospheric as it is graphic, certainly more graphic than American horror would dare to be for the next 10 years (we have blood gushing from wounds, facial deformities, and even an amputated limb), and while the whole is never as good as the parts, those parts should appeal to the horror fan who likes his lighting bright red and torquoise and his ghosts slow-moving and disfigured.


7 of 7 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Why doesn't Criterion release a DVD of this? smoovasbutter
Curious About Name jjk50
Discuss The Ghost of Yotsuya (1959) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?