Yotsuya Kaidan (1966)

Genres - Crime, Horror  |   Run Time - 107 min.  |   Countries - Japan  |  
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This eerie supernatural fantasy from Japan -- a poor man's Kwaidan -- is equal parts samurai adventure film and surreal ghost story. Tatsuya Nakadai stars as a desperate, unbalanced ex-samurai who turns to crime to make ends meet. Forced to commit murder during a robbery, he later kills several members of his wife's family after they discover his crimes. Seeking refuge from the law, he hides out in a Buddhist temple, where the ghosts of his murdered in-laws return to avenge themselves -- and the film shifts into horror mode. Though not as visually commanding as the classic which inspired it, this film still has its share of nightmarish imagery and cultural richness.

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ghost, robbery, Samurai, family, haunted, refuge, revenge, supernatural, temple, thief, divorce, escape, father-in-law, wife, marriage, serial-killer