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(Ghost Story of the) Snow Witch (1967) Tokuzo Tanaka
(Ghost Story of the) Snow Witch (1967) Tokuzo Tanaka

Original Japanese Title: KAIDAN YUKIJORO [Ghost Story of Yukijoro]

director: Tokuzo Tanaka and Masaki Kobayashi
starring: Shiho Fujimura Akira Ishihama Machiko Hasegawa Taketoshi Naito Mizuho Suzuki

A legend existed in the rural Japanese mountains of a powerful ghost called the Snow Witch. She was known to mercilessly kill anyone who crossed her path. One particularly snowy day, a carpenter and his apprentice traveled into the forest looking for a perfect tree to sculpt into a statue for the town shrine. They find the tree and the carpenter creates his idol. But later that night the Snow Witch invades their cabin and she kills the artesian as he sleeps. However - most uncharacteristically - she spares the life of assistant Yosaku with a warning not to ever mention her or the events of the night. He swears and she leaves. The assistant takes the statue to town where he claims that he alone had created it. The townsfolk marvel at his craftsmanship and he becomes a celebrity. A short time later, a beautiful woman named Yuki arrives in the village. Yosaku falls in love with her and they get married, moving to the cabin in the woods.

The paragraph above describes events which serve as character development - a prequel, of sorts - an expansion upon the first story in the Internationally successful ghost omnibus CHAIN (1964). Kwaidan was directed by Masaki Kobayashi. The first 25 minutes of that film was incorporated [with some create re-dubbing] into this feature film by workhorse chambara director Tokuzo Tanaka (DEMON OF OE MOUNT). The production is exceptional and this newly minted version excels as a terrific example of Japanese ghost cinema, as significant as classics like GHOST STORY OF YOTSUYA, LADY VAMPIRE, GHOST CAT MANSION, and Chusei Sone's erotic HELLISH LOVE, et al.

A Japanese film with English subtitles; widescreen format, fully uncut (80 minutes),
DVD encoded for ALL REGION NTSC WORLD FORMAT; extras include selected trailers

Adult Material/Violence:
Recommended for Mature Audiences

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