THOU SHALT NOT BE JEALOUS (yotsuya kaidan) (1959 JAPAN) D: KENJI MISUMI W: FUJI YAHIRO P: SHIBOBU MIURA
Around the same time as Nobuo Nakagawa`s classic game-changing TOKAIDO YOTSUYA KAIDAN (for Shin-Toho) the same year, Daiei released this far more pedestrian vehicle for the prolific matinee idol Kazuo Hasegawa (most famous internationally for AN ACTOR`S REVENGE). Understandably overshadowed over the years, may i just point out that it`s not that bad, has one or two nice set pieces and is in fact in (very pretty) colour (only b/w prints have been circulating for years). Completists won`t find it a waste of time (on the other end of the spectrum, if you don`t know what i`m talking about, see this review for background details). Hasegawa plays the role a tad more sympathetically than in other versions, his fans maybe not accepting him as a total heel (note that no children die here either). With Yasuko Nakata as Oiwa (who`s transformation make-up is less grotesque than the 1956 version, for example), Yoko Uraji, Mieko Kondo, Naritoshi Hayashi, Hideo Takamatsu, Chieko Murata, Shosaku Sugiyama, Fujio Soga, Shinobu Araki, Ryonosuke Azuma, Saburo Date, Ryosaburo Mitsuoka, Okuyama Asao, Sachio Horikita, Kazue Amaoki, Kiyoshi Kasuga and Aika Mimasu. Misumi is of course most well-known for his LONE WOLF AND CUB movies.

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