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Legends of the Poisonous Seductress: Okatsu the Fugitive
[Yoen Dokufuden: Okatsu Kyojo Tabi]

Genre: Early Pinky Violence

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Poor, beautiful Okatsu! It seems no matter what film she is in, violent men are after her HOT BODY and are willing to do anything to get it! Here (again) her noble father is murdered by a libidinous scoundrel who just happens to be a top local politician. In order to exact her violent revenge, Okatsu is going to have to dig deep into her bag of feminine wiles and WHOOP-ASS. This is the third film in the early Pinky Violence trilogy "Legends of the Poisonous Seductress" and is directed by Nobuo Nakagawa.



Legends of the Poisonous Seductress: Quick draw Okatsu
[Yoen Dokufuden: Hitokiri Okatsu]

Genre: Early Pinky Violence

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Beautiful Okatsu must summon her inner killer to avenge an attack upon herself and the brutal murder of her father. This will involve being sold into prostitution, hunted by a huge mob, and leaving a trail of dead bodies behind her. Good thing she's a kick-ass sword master! This is the second film in the "Legends of the Poisonous Seductress" trilogy, directed by early j-horror maestro Nobuo Nakagawa.



Kaidan Hebi Onna
[Snake Woman's Curse]

Genre: Kaidan Social Commentary

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When young Asa loses the lives of her father, mother and even herself at the hands of a cruel land owner, the cry for justice is loud enough to literally wake the dead. This relatively "modern" ghost tale is as much a warning against rousing angry spirits as it is against inhumane socio-economic conditions. The film is the final "kaidan" of the 1950-1960s collection by early j-horror maestro Nobuo Nakagawa and showcases his decades as a premiere ghost-story teller.



Tokaido Yotsuya Kaidan
[The Ghost of Yotsuya]

Genre: Traditional Kaidan

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Unscrupulous ronin Tamiya Iemon lies and kills to obtain the woman and future he desires, all the while feigning to be an upright and noble samurai. But when he causes the painful and sorrowful death of his once beloved wife Oiwa, her ghost vows justice and vengeance. This is a retelling of Japan's most classic horror tale brought to you by one of SaruDama's favorite directors, Nobuo Nakagawa.



Jigoku
[Hell / Sinner's Hell]

Genre: Classic Gore-laden Morality Tale

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When the good-natured Shiro gets mixed up with his rather sinister classmate Tamura, his life takes a drastic turn for the worse as he suddenly finds himself in the depths of human depravity. Inevitably he and those he caused to suffer find themselves within the horrors of the Eight Gates of Hell where they all will suffer eternally to atone for their sins. But once in Hell, Shiro learns a tragic secret which spawns within him the power of hope. This is a 1960 classic.



The Ceiling at Utsunomiya
[Kaii Utsunomiya Tsuritenjo]

Genre: Tokugawa-Era Power Politics and Ghosts

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While Tokugawa Iemitsu prepares to travel from the Edo capitol to the Toshogu Shrine in Nikko, one of his astute spies discovers a possible assassination plot scheduled to take place during the Shogun's stop at Utsunomiya Castle. This is a wonderfully quaint historical piece and director Nakagawa Nobuo's first ghost tale.



Ghosts of Kasane Swamp
[Kaidan Kasane ga Fuchi]

Genre: Classic Japanese Horror

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The blind Soetsu lives with a loving wife and their young daughter in an adequate home supported by Soetsu's skill as a masseuse. On a wintry eve, Soetsu decides to visit a neighboring nobleman to who he had lent money over a year ago in the hopes of having the sum returned to him. But upon hearing Soetsu's request, the arrogant and ill-tempered samurai murders Soetsu and has his body dumped in nearby Kasane Swamp. This sets off a chain of events which not only drive the samurai to madness but will also take from him and his entire household what they hold most dearly.



Mansion of the Ghost Cat (aka Black Cat Mansion)
[Borei Kaibyo Yashiki]

Genre: Classic Japanese Horror

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When Dr. Kuzumi moves his practice to the countryside in order to allow his wife to regain her health, little does he realize that the old mansion they have rented "possesses" a notorious history of its own. When a mysterious old woman repeatedly appears, apparently with the intent of killing his wife, what he initially believes to be hallucinations soon leads him to the local Buddhist priest who recollects for him the notorious history of the the house. This is a creepy classic horror tale which conjures up both a whirlwind of Japanese superstition and history.



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