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The Living Skeleton (1968)

Kyûketsu dokuro-sen (original title)
| Horror | 1969 (USA)
About a young woman living in a seaside town haunted by the ghosts of a ship's crew murdered by modern-day pirates.

Director:

Hiroki Matsuno

Writers:

Kyûzô Kobayashi (screenplay), Kikuma Shimoiizaka (screenplay)
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Credited cast:
Kikko Matsuoka Kikko Matsuoka ... Saeko / Yoriko (plays two parts)
Yasunori Irikawa Yasunori Irikawa ... Mochizuki - Saeko's Fiance
Masumi Okada Masumi Okada ... Father(Akashi) / Tanuma
Asao Uchida Asao Uchida ... Ejiri(Gamble Maniac)
Asao Koike Asao Koike ... Tsuji (Estate Agent)
Toshihiko Yamamoto Toshihiko Yamamoto ... Ono (Diver) (as Norihiko Yamamoto)
Keijiro Kikyo Keijiro Kikyo ... Police Man
Hitoshi Takagi Hitoshi Takagi
Kaori Taniguchi Kaori Taniguchi ... Mayumi
Keiko Yanagawa Keiko Yanagawa ... Sanae Suetsugu
Nobuo Kaneko Nobuo Kaneko ... Suetsugu(Cabaret's Manager)
Kô Nishimura Kô Nishimura ... Nishizato(Ship's doctor) (as Akira Nishimura)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kazuo Mayumida Kazuo Mayumida
Michiko Takebe Michiko Takebe
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About a young woman living in a seaside town haunted by the ghosts of a ship's crew murdered by modern-day pirates.

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Living Skeleton See more »

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Production Co:

Shôchiku Eiga See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Eerie and Atmospheric
25 October 2016 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

A gang of pirates commandeer a ship and kill everyone on board. Three years later in a seaside village, a Catholic priest (Masumi Okada) has offered shelter to Saeko (Kikko Matsuoka) as her twin sister, Yoriko (also Matsuoka) has disappeared with her new husband at sea.

Professor Wheeler Winston Dixon referred to the Criterion Collection's eclipse set, calling the film "the most accomplished and sophisticated of the quartet in terms of its visual structure and narrative" and along with 'Genocide', "easily the most interesting entries".

Indeed, the use of shadows and tints reminds me of some of Jacques Tourneur's best work, and accompanied by the music which seems quite atypical of Japanese film, this stands out as quite a one-of-a-kind film. Definitely a must-see, and it was wise of Criterion to single it out for wider inspection.


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