GHOST STORY OF YOTSUYA (tokaido yotsuya kaidan) (1959 JAPAN) D: NOBUO NAKAGAWA W: MASAYOSHI OONUKI/YOSHIHIRO ISHIKAWA P: MITSUGU OOKURA
Generally considered the best screen version of the famous period tale involving betrayal and supernatural revenge (see this review for background). Shigeru Amachi and Noriko Kitazawa star. Filled with creepy moments, great hallucination scenes and cloaked in a lurid atmosphere brought to life by Tadashi Nishimoto's rich colour photography, this is a must-see for horror fans worldwide. With Junko Ikeuchi, Shuntaro Emi, Haruhiko Nakagawa, Kikuko Hanaoka, Hiroshi Hayashi and Shin Shibata. Kenji Misumi (of LONE WOLF AND CUB fame) had another version (U.S. title: THOU SHALT NOT BE JEALOUS) of the story released the same year. Nakagawa made the incredible JIGOKU the following year.

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