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The Depths (1957)

Kaidan Kasane-ga-fuchi (original title)
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 »

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Katsuko Wakasugi ...
Orui
Takashi Wada ...
Noriko Kitazawa ...
Tetsurô Tanba ...
Jinjûrô Ômura
Kikuko Hanaoka ...
Otetsu
Sumiko Abe ...
Otane
Akira Nakamura ...
Shinzaemon Fukami
Unpei Yokoyama ...
Kanzô
Fumiko Miyata ...
Fusae
Chisako Hara ...
Okumi (as Chisako Tahara)
Yôji Misaki ...
Orui's Father
Shûji Kawabe ...
Yamadaya Seitarô
Kyôji Kokonoe ...
Sangorô - Ohisa's Father
Yukio Sayama ...
Kinsuke
Yoshihiko Nozaki ...
Torahachi
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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 returns to haunt the samurai, who kills his wife by mistake and then goes to the swamp and drowns himself. 20 years later, the masseur's daughter unknowingly falls in love with the samurai's son who has been brought up to be a servant. After she is horribly disfigured in an accident, he plots to run away with another woman, but the path of their escape lies by the Kasane swamp... Written by Peter Kartsev <polecat@online.ru>

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`Fear the hatred of the dead!'
8 February 2003 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

The dead are indeed vengeful in Nobuo Nakagawa's second period ghost drama. Not content with tricking his murderer into killing his wife and stumbling to a watery death, the prologue's blind victim brings about the tortured demise of his own daughter so that she can haunt his murderer's innocent son. Then the blind victim returns in the flesh, as it were, to personally finish off the samurai who kills the son. Along the way, the ghost engineers jealousy, deceit, despair, attempted rape and mutilation to achieve his ends.

The Ghosts of Kasane includes several elements that would resurface 2 years later in the same director's The Ghost of Yotsuya, the two most notable being the similarity in the appearance of the two ghosts in each film, and the somewhat stylized presentation, adapted from Japan's kabuki theatre. This earlier work is not as accomplished as Yotsuya in its atmosphere, performances and visual effects, but still manages some scary moments. Amongst the most original is the way in which we're eventually shown Rui's disfigurement. There's also the director's preference already in evidence for mobile camerawork, elaborate sets and a powerful score.

Although only in the second rank of Nobuo Nakagawa's films, The Ghosts of Kasane is a good introduction to his style and to the venerable tradition of Japanese ghost stories.


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