5.7/10
150
3 user 12 critic

The Woman Vampire (1959)

Onna kyûketsuki (original title)
A woman who's been missing for twenty years suddenly turns up alive, and looking not a day older than when she vanished. When her daughter sees a painting of a woman identical to her mother... See full summary »

Director:

Nobuo Nakagawa
Reviews

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

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

Director: Nobuo Nakagawa
Stars: Shigeru Amachi, Noriko Kitazawa, Katsuko Wakasugi
The Depths (1957)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 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
Short | Comedy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A bank clerk ends up in a seemingly haunted house that is actually a thieves' hideout.

Directors: Edward F. Cline, Buster Keaton
Stars: Buster Keaton, Virginia Fox, Joe Roberts
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A doctor investigates the murders of several women at a lakeside resort. His investigation leads him to believe that a vampire is responsible for the murders. He sets out to track the vampire down.

Director: Michio Yamamoto
Stars: Midori Fujita, Chôei Takahashi, Sanae Emi
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

An old man dies of heartbreak when a cruel landlord is about to repossess his land. Since the man died in debt, his wife and daughter are indentured servants and are forced to work in the landlord's factory.

Director: Nobuo Nakagawa
Stars: Yukiko Kuwahara, Yukie Kagawa, Seizaburô Kawazu
Action | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Director: Nobuo Nakagawa
Stars: Junko Miyazono, Reiko Ônobuta, Kô Nishimura
Jigoku (1960)
Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A group of sinners involved in interconnected tales of murder, revenge, deceit and adultery all meet at the Gates of Hell.

Director: Nobuo Nakagawa
Stars: Shigeru Amachi, Utako Mitsuya, Yôichi Numata
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

The survivors of a plane crash in a remote area are attacked by blob-like alien creatures that turn their victims into blood-thirsty vampires.

Director: Hajime Satô
Stars: Teruo Yoshida, Tomomi Satô, Eizô Kitamura
Rampo Noir (2005)
Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

This four-part anthology takes its cue from the short fiction of legendary horror writer Edogawa Rampo.

Directors: Akio Jissôji, Atsushi Kaneko, and 2 more credits »
Stars: Tadanobu Asano, Yûko Daike, Chisako Hara
Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Extremely fun Daiei adaptation of two shojo horror manga into a single, crazily FX-laden story about two rival, shape-shifting sisters who are on less than good terms. However, when an evil... See full summary »

Director: Noriaki Yuasa
Stars: Yûko Hamada, Sachiko Meguro, Yachie Matsui
Kwaidan (1964)
Drama | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A collection of four Japanese folk tales with supernatural themes.

Director: Masaki Kobayashi
Stars: Rentarô Mikuni, Michiyo Aratama, Misako Watanabe
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

In a 15th-century feudal village, a woman is accused of witchcraft and put to death. Her beautiful older daughter knows the real reason for the execution lies in the lord's sexual desire ... See full summary »

Director: Antonio Margheriti
Stars: Barbara Steele, George Ardisson, Halina Zalewska
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Shigeru Amachi ... Shiro Sofue / Nobutaka Takenaka
Takashi Wada Takashi Wada ... Tamio Oki / Journalist (as Keinosuke Wada)
Junko Ikeuchi Junko Ikeuchi ... Itsuko Matsumura
Yôko Mihara ... Miwako Matsumura / Itsuko's young mother
Akira Nakamura Akira Nakamura ... Shigekatsu Matsumura (as Torahiko Nakamura)
Hiroshi Sugi Hiroshi Sugi ... Wada, the butler
Den Kunikata Den Kunikata ... Hoshino / Robber
Masao Takematsu Masao Takematsu ... Dr. Sakakibara
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hiroshi Ayukawa Hiroshi Ayukawa ... Editor Tanigawa
Midori Chikuma Midori Chikuma ... Maid Tokiko
Keiko Hamano Keiko Hamano ... Waitress in Hotel - First Victim
Yûzô Harumi Yûzô Harumi ... Bald Muscleman
Yôko Mifune Yôko Mifune ... Hostess in Bar
Baku Mizuhara Baku Mizuhara ... Cameraman Fujii
Fujie Satsuki Fujie Satsuki ... Old Woman in Cave
Edit

Storyline

A woman who's been missing for twenty years suddenly turns up alive, and looking not a day older than when she vanished. When her daughter sees a painting of a woman identical to her mother, her reporter boyfriend helps her track down the owner.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Horror

Edit

Details

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

7 March 1959 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

The Lady Vampire See more »

Filming Locations:

Tokyo, Japan See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See full technical specs »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A very confused vampire
7 April 2013 | by sharptongueSee all my reviews

They do things differently in Japan, even vampires. This one transforms by the full moon (perhaps his father was a werewolf), is unaffected by the holy cross (it is worn by a couple of his undead women) and is visible in mirrors. And his doesn't seem a big fan of blood either. In a scene where he and his incompetent evil dwarf create panic in a bar alley, he bites six women on the neck, but tosses them aside immediately.

The first two reviewers seem to have taken this cheapie too seriously. It is grand, silly fun. The vampire hams it up to the hilt, and seems to lack only a loud and villainous evil laugh. He's a snappy dresser too.

The story starts at a birthday party where everyone is on their best behaviour, after going to an exhibition, where a girl finds her mother as a topless model in a painting. But things go downhill after the birthday girl cuts her finger as well as the cake. But though rich, the family has strange stuff going on. Twenty years ago, mother wandered off during a holiday in Kyushu, entranced by a snappily-dressed painter.

Mother doesn't seem to have aged one day in that time, but her husband seems to have aged at least 40 years. I had to check several times who the characters were. Itsuko's mother looks more like her sister, and dad looks like granddad.

Due to the lack of English subtitles, a few details eluded me. For instance, why the vampire didn't bother to bite Itsuko or her mum, and why he dramatically showed his age at the end. But the rest of the story was pretty easy to follow. There is plenty of action, and the pace is brisk. The kabuki section mentioned in another review only lasts a couple of minutes and makes no real difference.

I found the menagerie of wacky characters delightful, even the bald mute muscleman who wielded a blunderbus ! This movie is measurably better than Black Cat Mansion. Relax and get carried along for this ride.


7 of 7 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 3 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series



Recently Viewed