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The Woman Vampire (1959)

Onna kyûketsuki (original title)
A woman who's been missing for twenty years suddenly turns up alive, and looking not a day older than when she vanished. When her daughter sees a painting of a woman identical to her mother... See full summary »

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Nobuo Nakagawa
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Cast

Credited cast:
Shigeru Amachi ... Shiro Sofue / Nobutaka Takenaka
Takashi Wada Takashi Wada ... Tamio Oki / Journalist (as Keinosuke Wada)
Junko Ikeuchi Junko Ikeuchi ... Itsuko Matsumura
Yôko Mihara ... Miwako Matsumura / Itsuko's young mother
Akira Nakamura Akira Nakamura ... Shigekatsu Matsumura (as Torahiko Nakamura)
Hiroshi Sugi Hiroshi Sugi ... Wada, the butler
Den Kunikata Den Kunikata ... Hoshino / Robber
Masao Takematsu Masao Takematsu ... Dr. Sakakibara
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hiroshi Ayukawa Hiroshi Ayukawa ... Editor Tanigawa
Midori Chikuma Midori Chikuma ... Maid Tokiko
Keiko Hamano Keiko Hamano ... Waitress in Hotel - First Victim
Yûzô Harumi Yûzô Harumi ... Bald Muscleman
Yôko Mifune Yôko Mifune ... Hostess in Bar
Baku Mizuhara Baku Mizuhara ... Cameraman Fujii
Fujie Satsuki Fujie Satsuki ... Old Woman in Cave
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A woman who's been missing for twenty years suddenly turns up alive, and looking not a day older than when she vanished. When her daughter sees a painting of a woman identical to her mother, her reporter boyfriend helps her track down the owner.

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

7 March 1959 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

The Lady Vampire See more »

Filming Locations:

Tokyo, Japan See more »

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Atypical Nakagawa
18 February 2003 | by WatumaSee all my reviews

You wouldn't know this film was made by Nobuo Nakagawa if the credits didn't say so. Apart from a brief flashback-within-a-flashback, the setting is contemporary, and the director seems at a loss to create tempo, suspense or atmosphere. The visual characteristics honed during his first three ghost films are almost completely absent - no lateral tracking shots, no lengthy takes, no dimming light levels. There's only one spooky sequence (a servant carrying a candle through a darkened house, responding to a summons from a room that's been unoccupied 20 years), and a small handful of innovatively-filmed shots (all involving mirrors). Particularly disappointing is the climax - far too drawn out and very clumsily edited.

Despite all these drawbacks, there are a few points worth noting. This was the first Japanese horror movie to be set in modern times. It was also the first film made in that country to feature a vampire as the protagonist, although this vampire is very different from the Western type. Finally, much of the film has the same rather tawdry look as the cheap monochrome shockers produced in Europe during the early sixties, such as Seddok and Lycanthropus, which is remarkable, considering it was made in 1958.

Vampire Woman is certainly an atypical entry in Nakagawa's filmography around this time.


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