The ghost of a samurai's wife takes revenge on her husband.
The ghost of a samurai's wife takes revenge on her husband.
a series of lush, cramped, graphic tableaux, dominating the sick, silly humans whose lives play out inside them, inescapable. shots are often bisected by doorways or subdivided into smaller frames, the dead not merely crossing into our world but coexisting with it, and the living characters are further and further isolated and deranged by their corruption.
I already knew that I would like this movie before watching it because Takashi Miike's retelling Over Your Dead Body is one of my favourite horror movies but I didn't expect to love it that much, not least because I couldn't really warm up to the only other Nakagawa movie I had seen before. But then again I think Yotsuya Kaidan is one of those stories that are so good that it's almost impossible to fuck it up completely and I can't wait to see some of the other adaptations even though they probably won't come close to this one.
The Ghost of Yotsuya tells the story of the samurai Iemon who wants to marry…
Pieza esencial del cine de horror sobrenatural japonés, que adapta un clásico del teatro kabuki sobre venganzas de ultratumba. Su trama, puesta en escena e imaginería son magníficos ejemplos del canon de las historias japonesas de fantasmas. Aunque su conexión directa con la estilización abstracta del kabuki puede generar una distancia cultural insalvable, los estudiosos y aficionados del terror harían bien echando un vistazo a esta película, que contiene imágenes de una capacidad pertubadora poco común en un fecha tan temprana (para según qué cosas) como 1959.
The thing that I never understand in these movies is the scenario in which the killer enlists the help of another person in getting rid of someone who knows too much. Wouldn't it make you, dear reader, just the tiniest bit suspicious that if you help him or her in this evil deed, that you are putting yourself in the exact same position as the person you are helping to kill?
(oh yeah, and this movie looks amazing and has great atmosphere. it slow burns from a pitch black noir story to a crazy Japanese ghost jam in its final third).
The Ghost of Yotsuya is certainly the precursor to the modern day Japanese horror involving the vengeful ghost. Sure films like Kuroneko (most notably) from Japan's glory days of cinema depict murderous spirits but not in the same atmospheric ways as this film. I could see this being a great influence to the present day cult horror films of Japan such as Ringu and Ju-On. Well in its horror elements at least.
The majority of the film in fact is a sort of murder thriller as lies and deceit pave the way for more bodies to pile. Our two main protagonists become ensnared in their own device and their greed fuels a stronger blood lust to come. It's reminiscent to…
One of the bleakest horror films I've ever seen, supported by chilling austerity and a heavy proto-Bava emphasis on color.
Yeah, I can see why Kiyoshi is such a fan.
Watched for the History of Horror 2018 Challenge
Week 44 - Halloween (any horror film)
Based on a kabuki play, the film comes across very theatrically; the ghost of Hamlet seems to haunt this story in many ways. It takes some time for the ghosts to come into play, but the descent into madness by the ronin begins to ramp up fairly rapidly. The lurid make-up effects and crawling ghosts are much scarier in this late '50s film than in the much later film Ringu, surprisingly, and the Edo setting give it a much more timeless quality.
0-100 real quick. This is a beautifully & colorful horror masterpiece. Full of great set pieces. Dreamlike sequences & an amazing score. I can’t believe more people don’t discuss it specially as an inspiration for horror movies such as The Exorcist or even The Ring.
Nobuo Nakagawa's most accomplished Kaidan film, and one of the most stylish horror films to be made up to that point anywhere in the world.
The story is basically the same as any other version you might have seen, with it's own unique set of alterations to suit it's narrative. The spoiler-free version of the plot is there is an unemployed samurai named Iemon who is married to a woman named Iwa. They are poor, but Iwa is a loving wife to Iemon despite his cold attitude towards her and their child. He drinks, gambles, and womanizes despite their financial woes, and this only compounds the tension between them. Soon, it becomes clear that the only way for Iemon to…
It starts off in a quasi-Sword of Doom mode, but if the samurai at the center isn't just a dick but also increasingly in over his head. Then it gets supernatural and the theatricality of it all blooms into a nightmare of inescapable death and madness.
I have a very hard time imagining how Jigoku could possibly top the visual elegance we see here (I can't imagine a creepier usage of fluorescent green), but hey I've been surprised before.
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“How dare you poison me?”
A scary but also cringeworthy 50s retelling of the kabuki tale, Ghost of Yotsuya. It’s amazing how many stories in Japan are told about vengeful women tortured to death by horrible husbands!
The spiral-like formation on Oiwa’s eye reminds me of Junji Itos story about Azami’s spiral scar. It interests me that her eye and hair are the principle body parts impaired. It’s also a shame that the bloody hair scene in the original kabuki script doesn’t make an appearance here!
The series of transitions that use ghost corpses as a literally wipe cut is both campy and (unintentionally?) hilarious.
This was pretty graphic for a film made in 1959, in color. Very good stuff.
Artificial claustrophobic tableaux, Ozu corrupted, as the skeeviest samurai in the world betrays and scams his way into a ghost story that gets suitably freaky and creepy-crawly when it all goes to hell. Shame it takes a long middle act of repetitive mood setting to get there, but the climax bleeds delicious guilt. Happy Halloween!
Like Tales From the Crypt...but with samurais!
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As it reads on the tin.