Shadow Within / Kage no kuruma (1970)

A man (Go Kato) sees a beautiful woman (Shima Iwashita) on a crowded bus, and she reminds him of a girl he knew in high school. He speaks to her and she recognizes him. She is a now a widow, selling insurance for a living, but he is married to a woman who is as … Continue reading Shadow Within / Kage no kuruma (1970)

500th Post

When I began this blog, it never occurred to me I would reach 500 posts, and if it had, I would never have thought I would reach 500 and still barely have made it to 1970. My general intention had been to post in a roughly historical order, but that plan fell apart very quickly … Continue reading 500th Post

Rising Dragon Ghost Story / Blind Woman’s Curse / Kaidan nobori ryu / Hichirimen bakuto – Nobarydu takahada (1970)

Though the final scene suggests the beginning of a series, Blind Woman’s Curse is the last movie of the Rising Dragon series, notable historically for showing us the moment of transition from the cute ingenue period of Masako Ota into the iconic powerful womanhood of the meteor that was the re-named Meiko Kaji. It also … Continue reading Rising Dragon Ghost Story / Blind Woman’s Curse / Kaidan nobori ryu / Hichirimen bakuto – Nobarydu takahada (1970)

Yokai Monsters / 100 Monsters / Yôkai hyaku monogatari (1968)

Most of the Japanese "horror" movies I have posted about concerned the ghost of a woman seeking revenge, usually as a black cat, but there were other genres, most notably the "monster awakened" which was initiated by Gojira. Yokai hyaku monogatari takes us into a different world, the realm of Japanese folklore which is packed … Continue reading Yokai Monsters / 100 Monsters / Yôkai hyaku monogatari (1968)

Scent of Incense / Koge – Ichibu: Waremoko no sho & Koge – Nibu: Mitsumata no sho (1964)

Kinoshita’s last major movie,* at least until 1983's Children of Nagasaki, The Scent of Incense is a domestic epic that spans sixty years in the life of a geisha and her mother. Released in two parts on the same day, the two halves total almost 3½ hours in length and against the background of Japan’s … Continue reading Scent of Incense / Koge – Ichibu: Waremoko no sho & Koge – Nibu: Mitsumata no sho (1964)