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

 -  Horror  -  11 July 1959 (Japan)
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The ghost of a samurai's wife takes revenge on her husband.



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


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

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Release Date:

11 July 1959 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Ghost Story of Yotsuya  »

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(Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Interesting and enjoyable but flawed version
29 October 2012 | by (Los Angeles, Ca) – See all my reviews

Tired of living in poverty with his wife, a samurai hatches a scheme to kill her off so he can marry a wealthier woman, but her ghost returns to torment him for the wrongful death.

One of an apparently dozen or so adaptations of this particular legend, and I fear that most of them are going to be pretty much similar. The first half of this film has absolutely nothing of any real value as a horror film at all, looking absolutely like a lame drama about the social standing rather than anything to do with a ghost story, and it makes for some utterly boring and not at all interesting times. The endless talks of him trying to get a better life, the prodding from his friend who knows too much and the interactions with the wife all compound together to make this a pretty bland part of the story. When the murder happens and the ghostly stuff starts to happen, it gets infinitely better through the use of actually having stuff happening, and even surprisingly becomes far more watchable through the use of classic Gothic horror tropes as the visions, moaning and madness all start to come into play here. With the last part of the film taken up by this, does correct some flaws but not all of them, leaving this as a rather interesting take on the story but overall not much else.

Today's Rating: Unrated/PG-13: Violence.

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