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Thursday, December 27, 2012


One of the best Japanese horror films I have seen!!

Criterion finally releases this obscure Japanese horror film about the ghost of a woman killed by pirates seeking revenge in a small seaside town. This film is filled with very atmospheric imagery such as skeletons floating below the water, lots of bats and ghostly images.

Nobody tells a ghost story better than the Japanese, and there are some interesting plot turns in this horrific story. Kikko Matsuoka is a very lovely woman and handle the dual role of her and her twin sister very well.

Not widely seen in the US for years, I am very pleased Criterion decided to include it in their Eclipse series 37 entitled "When Horror Came To Shochiku". This is simply a must for horror film fans, and I guarantee you'll love this black and white gem.

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