Assistance in identifying a film--妖怪百 物語
mccaskem at georgetown.edu
Fri Jun 9 14:14:20 EDT 2006
Congratulations to Ms. Soddu, who narrowed it down to two. I believe it's got to be Yokai hyaku monogatari.
On the basis of Ms. Soddu's suggestions, I searched again, this time looking for your “rokurokubi,”and I think this must be your film--if so you can order a DVD copy of it from Amazon Japan today, if you like, and watch it within a few days (but you need a Region 2 player capability to see it).
Yokai hyaku monogatari (1968)
DVD Available at Amazon Japan:
You can also see a color repro of the cover picture there.
The Amazon blurb includes:
大映が製作した妖怪時代劇の一編。江戸の豪商・但馬屋利右衛門は、寺社奉行堀田豊前守と結託し、岡場所を作る計画を強行。立ち退きを命じられた長屋の住人は、泣き寝入りするしかない。ある夜、油すまし、*** ろくろ首、*** ぬらりひょん、大首といった妖怪たちが大挙して出現。悪事の限りをつくす寺社奉行を恐怖のどん底に突き落とす。
It is regarded in Japan as a classic horror film, and was shown at the following festival:
----- Original Message -----
From: Valeria Soddu <v_soddu at hotmail.com>
Date: Friday, June 9, 2006 10:22 am
Subject: Re: Assistance in identifying a film
> It could be one of Yasuda Kimiyoshi's movies, as "Tôkaidô obake dôchû"
> (1969), or "Yôkai hyaku monogatari" (1968)...
> Valeria Soddu
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Mindy Varner" <melinda.varner at colorado.edu>
> To: <KineJapan at lists.acs.ohio-state.edu>
> Sent: Thursday, June 08, 2006 7:20 PM
> Subject: Assistance in identifying a film
> > Hello all,
> > Since we're on the topic of J-horror, I'm seeking assistance in
> > film that I was shown a number of years ago while in Japan
> (around 1999).
> > thought it was titled Kaidan or Kwaidan, but it is not the 1964
> Masaki> Kobayashi of the same title. Like the Kobayashi film, it
> may have been a
> > collection of short pieces (then again, maybe not-- some years
> have now
> > passed!)
> > I vividly recall one scene where a man who has killed his wife is
> > by her spirit/corpse when a wagon he has pushed into the river
> springs out
> > of the water, terrifying him. There is also an appearance of a
> rokurokubi> (woman whose neck becomes serpentine with her head
> extending out before
> > body, terrifying two men). Does this ring a bell with anyone?
> I would
> > to know what this film actually is and obtain a copy. From the
> style of
> > production, I'd guess it was produced in the late 1960s or early
> 1970s. It
> > was in color.
> > Any leads would be most appreciated!
> > Mindy Varner
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