Director Nobuo Nakagawa
Distributed by Shintoho
Genre Japanese Movies
|Writer Masayoshi Onuki, Yoshihiro Ishikawa, Nanboku Tsuruya|
Release date July 1, 1959 (1959-07-01)
Cast Shigeru Amachi (Iemon Tamiya), Noriko Kitazawa (Sode), Katsuko Wakasugi (Iwa), Shuntarô Emi (Naosuke), Ryûzaburô Nakamura (Yomoshichi), Junko Ikeuchi (Ume Itô)
Similar movies Japanese horror movies, Ghost movies
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Tokaido Yotsuya kaidan (東海道四谷怪談) (translation: Ghost Story of Yotsuya in Tokaido) is a 1959 Japanese horror film, directed by Nobuo Nakagawa and based on the 19th century Japanese kabuki play by Nanboku Tsuruya titled Yotsuya Kaidan. It is also known as The Ghost of Yotsuya (1959) in film reference sources. The Japanese film's running time is 96 minutes, but there is an English-subtitled print that runs 76 minutes. The film was in Eastman Color and Shintoho-Scope, and is considered by many critics to be the best of the myriad adaptations of the Yotsuya Ghost Legend.
The film falls in a trend of Japanese horror films throughout the 1950s and 1960s. In these ghost story films, greed commonly leads to murder and extramarital affairs, many involving former Samurai characters.
Ruthless samurai Iemon Tamiya wants to marry Oiwa and when her father refuses, Iemon kills him and disposes of the body with assistance of Naosuke. Later, tiring of his wife and wishing to marry the heiress Ume Itō, Iemon plots to murder his wife by mixing a poison into her tea and also killing her admirer Takuetsu. Her health deteriorates into a slow agonizing death. The ghosts of Oiwa and Takuetsu appear and take vengeance on Iemon and his new wife.
ReferencesTokaido Yotsuya kaidan Wikipedia
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