花嫁吸血魔 (Hanayome Kyuketsuma)
Saturday, March 2, 2013
New York Premiere
Junko Ikeuchi, who rose to stardom at Shintoho for her pure, fresh-scrubbed image, was cast in Kyotaro Namiki's horror pic Vampire Bride as a sort of punishment by studio boss Mitsugu Okura. She had married against his wishes—and had to suffer the consequences when the marriage failed and she returned to Shintoho. Fujiko, a dance student with a horrific facial scar, seeks help from a sorceress in the mountains, who ultimately transforms her into a powerful monster. After undergoing a ritual that results in her temporary death, she returns to life as a fanged, hairy monster. Not long afterwards, her dance school classmates Kiyoko, a film star, and Eiko, a model, encounter Sayoko, a girl who is the spitting image of the presumed-dead Fujiko. Sayoko, it soon becomes apparent, is not a double, but the original in a new guise. But as much as Sayoko wants to live a normal, peaceful life, she cannot control the monster within her who wants payback against her tormentors.
Japan. 1960. B&W, , blu-ray, 80 min., in Japanese with English subtitles. Directed by Kyotaro Namiki. With Hiroko Amakusa, Yasuko Mita, Keiji Takamiya.Part of the Globus Film Series 2013
$12/$9 Japan Society members, seniors and students
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