Kaibyo Yonaki Numa (1957)

aka Necromancy, Ghost-Cat of Yonaki Swamp
Article 3311 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 7-22-2010
Posting Date: 9-7-2010
Directed by Katsuhiko Tasaka
Featuring Shintaro Katsu, Takako Irie, Michiko Ai
Country: Japan
What it is: Ghost-Cat movie

When an old man is killed and his body is thrown into the swamp, his ghost and that of his cat seek revenge.

The above plot description is only an approximation and may be incorrect. My copy of the movie is in unsubtitled Japanese, and I was unable to follow the plot. I was able to appreciate certain scenes; there is one where the head of the murdered man appears out of nowhere, and I did catch one scene where an evil spirit is passed from one person to another. But how it all hangs together, I just can’t say. Apparently, ghost-cats have long been a legend in Japan, and during the fifties a string of them were made. I think this is the only one I’ve seen so far. Because of my inability to follow the story, I certainly can’t evaluate the movie, though I may give it a rewatching in the future to see if it becomes any clearer.

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