Shintoho Mindwarp: GHOST STORY OF YOTSUYA

Director Nobuo Nakagawa
Year 1959
Starring Shigeru Amachi, Noriko Kitazawa, Katsuko Wakasugi
Run Time 76min
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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 STORY OF YOTSYUYA

A masterpiece of shock from the father of J-horror. This adaption of a famous kabuki play by Tsuruya Nanboku (1825) is a classic of the genre and widely considered the best of more than 30 film adaptations. Though it has plenty of startling bursts of surrealism and shock effects, it focuses primarily on the psychology of the characters: the ruthless, cruel, but humanly weak samurai and his dying wife—and, later, her relentless ghost who seeks revenge.

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