Ghost of Yotsuya (1957): Movie Review

Ghost of Yotsuya is arguably a conventional horror film, though it’s one that also takes a little bit to get to the spooks. Like Kwaidan, it’s an adaptation of an existing horror story, in this case, one from a Kabuki play.

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Film Review – Rashomon

It’s weird watching Rashomon after seeing multiple films and episodes of TV shows that used the central narrative device of Rashomon after the film came out. On the one hand, it’s a film that did a lot of this stuff first, but on the other hand, it is still, in a way, somewhat old hat.

Probably what makes Rashomon work as well as it does is how the lies in the story are presented. We have the initial witness testimony, showing the discovery of the body. Continue reading “Film Review – Rashomon”

Movie Review – Kwaidan

This week I’m taking a look at a Japanese anthology horror film, and part of the Criterion Collection – Kwaidan. I’m attending Orycon 34! Help out victims of Hurricane Sandy by donating to the Red Cross Related articles Kwaidan: Hoichi, the Earless (ladyphilosopher.wordpress.com) Bede’s Halloween Viewing List: 62 Horror Films In 31 Days (supermarcey.com) Become a Horror Lover in Nine Easy Steps (tdylf.com)   Continue reading Movie Review – Kwaidan

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Movie Review – Sword of Doom

It’s been a while since I put a film review together, for something outside of a genre film for Bureau42. However, what better place to get back into the swing of things than the 1960s jidaigeki film Sword of Doom. The film stars Tatsuya Nakadai as samurai Ryunosuke Tsukue, a sociopathic-at-best samurai, who cares for nothing but the improvement of his skill. The film follows … Continue reading Movie Review – Sword of Doom