Shintoho Mindwarp: GHOST CAT OF OTAMA POND

Director Yoshihiro Ishikawa
Year 1960
Starring Shozaburo Date, Hiroshi Sugi, Noriko Kitazawa
Run Time 75min
More Info IMDb

SHINTOHO MINDWARP: GIRLS, GUNS & GHOSTS FROM THE SECOND GOLDEN AGE OF JAPANESE CINEMA

Born of the fires of dissidence in 1949, always teetering on the verge of greatness and the brink of disaster, Japan’s Shintoho studios specialized in making horror, noir, and risqué oddities. Though they produced works by masters like Kurosawa and Ozu, they are most well known for their exploitation fare. Condemned as cheap, disposable trash at the time, these films proved massively influential and revolutionized Japanese genre movies, populating them with bizarre ghouls and ghosts, rebellious teenagers, vampires, gangsters, and curvy girls in bikinis. The company went bankrupt in 1961, and few of their films have been seen in the West—until now. Join us for the Texas premiere of these eight newly-remastered hidden gems and experience the glory days of Japanese exploitation cinema.

GHOST CAT OF OTAMA POND

The story of Ghost Cat of Otama Pond—a young couple caught in a web of ghostly revenge, with a black cat serving as a conduit between the worlds of the living and dead—is familiar from the era's horror films, though the sumptuous production, as well as the use of color, is rare. Otherworldly shades of red and green, shadowy period atmospherics, and a Kabuki-esque theatricality combine to deliver shocks with skill and conviction.

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