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The Living Skeleton (1968)

Kyûketsu dokuro-sen (original title)
| Horror | 1969 (USA)
About a young woman living in a seaside town haunted by the ghosts of a ship's crew murdered by modern-day pirates.

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Credited cast:
Kikko Matsuoka ...
Saeko / Yoriko (plays two parts)
Yasunori Irikawa ...
Mochizuki - Saeko's Fiance
Masumi Okada ...
Father(Akashi) / Tanuma
Asao Uchida ...
Ejiri(Gamble Maniac)
Asao Koike ...
Tsuji (Estate Agent)
Toshihiko Yamamoto ...
Ono (Diver) (as Norihiko Yamamoto)
Keijiro Kikyo ...
Police Man
Kaori Taniguchi ...
Mayumi
Keiko Yanagawa ...
Sanae Suetsugu
Nobuo Kaneko ...
Suetsugu(Cabaret's Manager)
Kô Nishimura ...
Nishizato(Ship's doctor) (as Akira Nishimura)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kazuo Mayumida
Michiko Takebe
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About a young woman living in a seaside town haunted by the ghosts of a ship's crew murdered by modern-day pirates.

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Eerie and Atmospheric
25 October 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A gang of pirates commandeer a ship and kill everyone on board. Three years later in a seaside village, a Catholic priest (Masumi Okada) has offered shelter to Saeko (Kikko Matsuoka) as her twin sister, Yoriko (also Matsuoka) has disappeared with her new husband at sea.

Professor Wheeler Winston Dixon referred to the Criterion Collection's eclipse set, calling the film "the most accomplished and sophisticated of the quartet in terms of its visual structure and narrative" and along with 'Genocide', "easily the most interesting entries".

Indeed, the use of shadows and tints reminds me of some of Jacques Tourneur's best work, and accompanied by the music which seems quite atypical of Japanese film, this stands out as quite a one-of-a-kind film. Definitely a must-see, and it was wise of Criterion to single it out for wider inspection.


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