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Yôkai hantâ: Hiruko (1991)

A school was built on one of the Gates of Hell, behind which hordes of demons await the moment they will be free to roam the Earth. Hiruko is a goblin sent to Earth on a reconnaissance ... See full summary »

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Shin'ya Tsukamoto

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Daijirô Morohoshi (manga "Kairyû-sai no yoru - yôkai hantâ"), Koji Tsutsumi (story) | 1 more credit »
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Credited cast:
Kenji Sawada Kenji Sawada ... Hieda Reijirou
Masaki Kudou Masaki Kudou ... Masao Yabe
Hideo Murota Hideo Murota ... Watanabe
Naoto Takenaka ... Takashi Yabe
Megumi Ueno Megumi Ueno ... Tsukishima Reiko
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bang-ho Cho Bang-ho Cho ... (as Banhô Chô)
Ken Mitsuishi Ken Mitsuishi ... Archeologist
Imari Tsuji Imari Tsuji
Kimiko Yo
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A school was built on one of the Gates of Hell, behind which hordes of demons await the moment they will be free to roam the Earth. Hiruko is a goblin sent to Earth on a reconnaissance mission. He beheads students in order to assemble their heads on the demons' spider-like bodies. Hieda, an archaeology professor, and Masao, a haunted student, investigate the gory deaths and eventually battle Hiruko. Written by Pete Stogis <pedsto@compuserve.com>

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

11 May 1991 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Hiruko the Goblin See more »

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Mono

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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A Somewhat Atypical Film For Tsukamoto
9 November 2002 | by cvwSee all my reviews

Unlike every other Tsukamoto film I've been able to hunt down (the two TETSUOs, GEMINI, and ROD BOY,) this film seems to be nothing more than a silly popcorn film. Nothing wrong with that, certainly, although it does raise some interesting questions about Tsukamoto's style as a director. The sped up POV running towards a character thing he did in both TETSUOs, for example, looks like an EVIL DEAD rip off here, despite the device having a completely different effect in the Tetsuo films.

This feels less like a Tsukamoto work than anything else he's done, even the slowly paced art film GEMINI. Beyond that, it's basically a straight horror flick: characters find themselves in a bad situation, and spend the entire film's running time trying to get out of it and/or fix it. The elements aren't original by any stretch of the imagination (there's even a crusty, crazy old man who knows more than he's telling,) but Tsukamoto's handling of them still feels new. When someone is attacked by a goblin, the victim flashes to a peaceful, serene, but nonetheless threatening dreamworld, which (as we discover) more often than not leads to suicide.

Much, much fluffier than anything else the man's done, and curious for his fans, although the uninitiated will just see a straight horror flick, albeit one better done than most. Fun stuff.


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