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Village of Eight Gravestones (1977)

Yatsuhaka-mura (original title)
The heir to a family fortune discovers that a curse has been placed on it, put there centuries before by a band of samurai warriors.

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Ken'ichi Hagiwara ...
Tatsuya Terada
Mayumi Ogawa ...
Miyako Mori
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Yôzô Tajimi / Hisaya Tajimi
Yôko Yamamoto ...
Haruyo
Etsuko Ichihara ...
Kotake
Ninako Yamaguchi ...
Ko'ume
Ryôko Nakano ...
Tsuruko Igawa
Yoshi Katô ...
Ushimatsu
Hisashi Igawa ...
Kanji
Masami Shimojô ...
Kudô Kôchô
Takuya Fujioka ...
Kuno Ishi
Jun Hamamura ...
Sôkichi Mori
Torahiko Hamada ...
Taichirô Yoshioka
Junko Natsu ...
Kazu'e
Hatsuo Yamaya ...
Bakurô Kichizô
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The heir to a family fortune discovers that a curse has been placed on it, put there centuries before by a band of samurai warriors.

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Mystery-horror hybrid, overstretched
21 February 2003 | by See all my reviews

This may be a story about a supernatural curse, or a murder mystery with a naturalistic explanation, or both; you don't know for sure until the end. It plays as a fusion of the two. A couple of the characters are as weird as the eerie cave where the revenge story plays itself out to the end. Sometimes the movie is like a dynastic soap opera, sometimes it delves into Hammer Films territory, as in the gory flashback showing the massacre of the eight warriors whose spirits may--or may not--be taking revenge on the descendants of their betrayers. The story is about the probable last of the line, who is drawn to the village and becomes embroiled in family clashes, mysterious deaths, dark secrets, and at the end, the hostility of a (not very convincing) mob. The actor in the role is compelling, and the movie is interesting enough, but very long for its story, making several of its points over and over, as if it were in rough cut (and with all that, at least one (possibly) supernatural figure goes unexplained). The photography is of the period, with too many zoom shots. All in all, the effect is of a B picture that didn't know when to quit.


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