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also known as The Ghost of Yotsuya

Tôkaidô Yotsuya kaidan1959

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  • 3.6
A samurai betrays his wife, only to find her ghost has returned to reap her vengeance upon him.

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This film is one of the masterpieces of Japanese horror cinema. Based on a 19th century kabuki play and imbued with surreal logic, do not apply Western standards to the interpretation of character and "plausibility." It is strikingly beautiful and macabre.

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This film is one of the masterpieces of Japanese horror cinema. Based on a 19th century kabuki play and imbued with surreal logic, do not apply Western standards to the interpretation of character and "plausibility." It is strikingly beautiful and macabre.

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Let's just cut to the chase and admit that there's a lot of implausibilities here that mar an otherwise fine film. For example, why on earth would anyone believe the testimony of Naosuke who helps Iemon get away with three murders? Iemon had the motive, was in the proper place to do the killing, and yet we're supposed to believe that Sode and Iwa would let him off the hook just because Naosuke, his friend and aide, told them that some other guy with a slash across his face committed the murders due to some business deal gone sour? Ridiculous. It's like that through the whole movie; Iemon keeps getting away with all his crimes so that the revenge sequences with the ghost wife will be "earned". But the film cheats on the "earning" of these sequences (which are very well done for what they are; shot and lit with great craft), so the narrative as a whole comes off as a hack job. The actors do their very best to compensate, but like they say, "if it's not on the page, it's not on the stage." What a waste of talent.