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Illusion of Blood (1965)

Yotsuya kaidan (original title)
A samurai warrior is haunted by the spirit of his first wife.


Shirô Toyoda


Toshio Yasumi (screenplay), Nanboku Tsuruya (play)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tatsuya Nakadai ... Iyemon Tamiya
Mariko Okada Mariko Okada ... Oiwa
Junko Ikeuchi Junko Ikeuchi ... Osode
Mayumi Ôzora Mayumi Ôzora ... Oume
Keiko Awaji ... Omaki
Eitarô Ozawa ... Oume's Father
Masao Mishima ... Takuetsu
Mikijirô Hira ... Yomoshichi Satô
Eijirô Tôno ... Priest
Yasushi Nagata Yasushi Nagata ... Oiwa's Father
Yûsuke Takita Yûsuke Takita ... Sword Broker
Shinichi Nakano Shinichi Nakano ... Rice Shop Man
Sen Yano Sen Yano ... Kohei
Toru Uchida Toru Uchida ... Old Clothes Dealer (as Tôru Uchida)
Kinji Omino Kinji Omino ... Shôzaburô Okuda


A samurai warrior is haunted by the spirit of his first wife.

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Fantasy | Horror


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Western version lacks much of the violence and almost all of the nudity in Japanese version. See more »


Version of The Ghost of Yotsuya (1959) See more »

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Samurai ghost hunter
26 October 2008 | by lastliberalSee all my reviews

Tatsuya Nakadai has played in a lot of superior films over his career. Among them Kiru, Ran, and Yojimbo. Here he plays in a fantasy/horror film that results from murder.

Iuemon (Nakadai) loses his lord and becomes a ronin and is not allowed to marry Oiwa (Mariko Okada), the girl of his dreams. He loses his temper and kills Oiwa's father and two companions. All is not lost as Naosuke (Kanzaburo Nakamura) witnesses the fight and has plans on Oiwa's sister Oume (Mayumi Ozora). However, he hasn't a penny and Takuetsu (Masao Mishima) is in the way.

So, Naosuke convinces Iuemon to blame the killing on someone else. While they are off seeking revenge, they kill Takuetsu. Now, they both have the women they desire.

It would have been a standard thriller, but it goes in another direction. Iuemon and Naosuke have a taste for blood and can't stand being broke. They hatch another plot to kill Oiwa and marry Iuemon to a rich girl. This is when the fantasy/horror part begins as Oiwa will not stay dead and comes back to haunt Iuemon. He manages to kill off his new family while being haunted.

Oume finds out what happens to her sister and joins forces with Takuetsu, who survived, to seek vengeance.

Tatsuya Nakadai does a very good job as a tortured soul who lets another lead him in the wrong direction.

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27 November 1968 (USA) See more »

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