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Yôkai hyaku monogatari (1968)

The local yôkai (Japanese spirits) interfere to avenge a murder and thwart the plans of corrupt officials.

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Credited cast:
Shinobu Araki ... Old Priest
Jun Fujimaki ... Yasutaro
Ryûtarô Gomi ... Hotta-Buzennokami
Jun Hamamura ... Gohei
Tatsuo Hanabu ... Jinbee
Shôzô Hayashiya ... Storyteller
Masaru Hiraizumi ... Takichi
Takashi Kanda ... Reimon Tajimaya
Hajime Koshikawa
Keiko Koyanagi ... Ôkubi
Ikuko Môri ... Ronin's Wife
Shôzô Nanbu ... Old Town Counselor
Koichi Ogura ... Tobee
Teruko Oumi ... Otora
Saburo ... First Ronin
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The local yôkai (Japanese spirits) interfere to avenge a murder and thwart the plans of corrupt officials.

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20 March 1968 (Japan)  »

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100 Monsters  »

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2.35 : 1
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Bizarre beyond belief
3 April 2016 | by See all my reviews

THE HUNDRED MONSTERS is a very bizarre little Japanese film and the first part of a 'YOKAI MONSTERS' trilogy. These films were remembered in the new millennium when none other than Takashi Miike directed his own version of the story (THE GREAT YOKAI WAR). Like other period monster flicks from Japan in the 1960s such as DAIMAJIN, THE HUNDRED MONSTERS feels very much like a traditional samurai movie with added monster action.

The story is a simple and familiar one about some ruthless property developers kicking a bunch of worthwhiles out of their homes. Even worse, they destroy a sacred shrine in the process. This storyline could be told in any country or era, but at least the characters are sufficiently interesting to keep viewers watching. And then we have the monsters, which are among the most bizarre ever filmed. I can't really describe them here, but there's stuff that'll have your jaw dropping, particularly the umbrella monster. A mix of practical and visual effects combine very well to create some fantastic scenes that certainly stick in the mind.


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