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The Ghost of Yotsuya (1959)

Tôkaidô Yotsuya kaidan (original title)
The ghost of a samurai's wife takes revenge on her husband.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Iemon Tamiya
Noriko Kitazawa ... Sode
Katsuko Wakasugi ... Iwa (as Kazuko Wakasugi)
Shuntarô Emi ... Naosuke
Ryûzaburô Nakamura ... Yomoshichi Satô
Junko Ikeuchi ... Ume Itô
Jun Ôtomo ... Takuetsu
Hiroshi Hayashi ... Kiemon Itô
Shinjirô Asano ... Samon Yotsuya
Arata Shibata ... Hikoemon Satô
Kikuko Hanaoka ... Maki
Hiroshi Sugi ... Jônen
Yôzô Takamura ... Usaburô Ozawa
Nagamasa Yamada
Hiroshi Izumida
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This classic Japanese horror movie directed by Nobuo Nakagawa is based on an 18th-century masterpiece written by Nanboku Tsuruya. It is about a woman who haunts her husband after she dies a miserable death. The story has terrified the Japanese people for ages. Written by Leo Urbina

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11 July 1959 (Japan)  »

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Ghost Story of Yotsuya in Tokaido  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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Entertaining, but no knockout blows
4 June 2018 | by See all my reviews

The classic tale of 'The Ghost of Yotsuya' is entertaining enough, and zips along in its 76 minute run time, but it didn't deliver any knockout blows. The story is fairly black and white, with a ronin and his sidekick committing murder to get the women they want, but the depth of the blackness in their hearts is surprising, and makes it effective. Personally, I didn't find their supernatural comeuppance all that frightening, and felt that director Nobuo Nakagawa relied too much on the shock value of visuals, instead of creating real tension. The visuals are decent, but they're also dated, and we rarely fail to see what's coming. The performances were also generally over-done, though I understand my perspective is from another culture. Anyway, fans of the genre will probably enjoy this one.


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