Yotsuya Kwaidan

Yotsuya Kwaidan
  • Saturday, May 28, 18:00 Uhr German Film Museum
    (Tickets only available at the German Film Museum)
  • 四谷怪談
    Yotsuya Kwaidan
  • Japan 1959, 35mm, 84 min, Japanese with English subtitles
  • Director: Kenji MISUMI
  • Script: Fuji YAHIRO nach einem Theaterstück by Nanboku TSURUYA
  • Production: Daiei
  • Camera: Yukimasa MAKITA
  • Cast: Kazuo HASEGAWA, Yasuko NAKATA, Yoko URAJI, Mieko KONDO, Hideo TAKAMATSU
  • Rights: Kadokawa
  • Film copy: Japan Foundation
  • With an introduction by Dimitri Ianni

Kenji MISUMI’s YOTSUYA KWAIDAN is presumed to be the first colored film version of the famous play. Deviating heavily from the original source, Fuji YAHIRO depicts cold blooded protagonist Iemon as a tragic hero. The “righteous revenge” for his ruthlessly murdered wife leads to the redemption of her evil spirit. The visionary finale is without a question the apex of this underrated masterpiece.

In cooperation with the Japan Foundation Tokyo and the Japanisches Kulturinstitut Köln


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