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Evil of Dracula (1974)

Chi o suu bara (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Horror | 2 April 1975 (USA)
A teacher assumes a position at a school that's run by a vampire.

Director:

Michio Yamamoto

Writers:

Ei Ogawa, Bram Stoker (character) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Toshio Kurosawa Toshio Kurosawa ... Professor Shiraki
Mariko Mochizuki Mariko Mochizuki ... Kumi Saijô
Kunie Tanaka ... Dr. Shimomura
Shin Kishida Shin Kishida ... The Principal
Katsuhiko Sasaki Katsuhiko Sasaki ... Professor Yoshi
Mio Ôta Mio Ôta ... Yukiko Mitamura
Mika Katsuragi Mika Katsuragi ... Principal's Wife
Keiko Aramaki Keiko Aramaki ... Kyôko Hayashi
Yûnosuke Itô Yûnosuke Itô ... Takakura / Detective
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Yasuko Agawa Yasuko Agawa ... Keiko Nonomiya,Student in Blue Negligee (as Tomoe Mari)
Tadao Futami Tadao Futami ... Station Employee
Susugu Katayama Susugu Katayama ... Shimazaki- Man in Hospital
Kazuya Oguri Kazuya Oguri ... Hosoya - Acting Principal
Haruo Suzuki Haruo Suzuki ... Guard in the school
Midori Takei Midori Takei ... The Girl in Flashback
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Dracula, played by an uncredited caucasian, was shipwrecked in the 1600s in Japan, when Christianity was illegal. He was forced to spit on the cross and wander alone in the desert. Upon finding himself bleeding, he was so thirsty he drank the blood and acquired a taste for it, attacking local teenager Keiko. In present day, Professor Shiraki arrives at a girl's school where he was to be teaching, but now the principal, whose wife died in a car accident, wants Shiraki to take over for him. The principal is keeping his wife in the cellar for a week, supposedly according to local custom, to see if she might return to life. Immediately suspicious, Shiraki investigates and becomes entrenched in horror of the vampires. Three girls are caught up too, as one has already been bitten, and her roomates stay to care for her. Written by Scott Hutchins <scottandrewh@home.com>

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Drama | Horror

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

2 April 1975 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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A Different Flavor
26 October 2012 | by Uriah43See all my reviews

"Professor Shiraki" (played by Toshio Kurosawa) arrives from Tokyo to a new school for teenage girls in a small Japanese village. Upon checking in he learns that the principle's wife died a couple of days earlier and that a student named "Keiko Nonomiya" (Tomoe Mari) went missing about the same time. That night he has an encounter with a vampire that matches Keiko's description but dismisses the incident as nothing more than a dream. Not long afterward another student named "Kyoko Hayashi" (Keiko Aramaki) faints in his classroom and is taken to the school's doctor, "Doctor Shimimura" (Kunie Tanaka). During Kyoko's examination two small "needle pricks" are discovered but neither Professor Shiraki nor Doctor Shimimura are able to figure out their significance. Since she appears to be tired, they send her back to her dorm room to recover with her two roommates, "Yukiko Mitamura" (Mio Ohta) and "Kumi" (Mariko Mochizuki) promising to take care of her. All hell breaks loose after that. Anyway, having outlined the first part of the story, I'll stop here so I won't spoil everything for any viewers who wish to see the rest. Now, although this is a "standard" vampire story, the fact that it is entirely Japanese results in a few curious details. For example, a white rose is seen by the bedside of each of the females who have been bitten. Once they drink blood the rose turns red. I thought that was an interesting touch. Having said that though, I thought there were a couple of faults as well. First, the dialogue was awful. But the movie I saw was originally in Japanese and dubbed in English and it is quite possible that much had been simplified or even lost in translation. Likewise, the acting was also quite bad. Even so, this film had a different flavor than most other vampire movies and I thought some of it was actually quite good. Obviously, there will be people who might not like this film. Like I said, it has its flaws. But I think fans of this genre might be pleasantly surprised.


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