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(Synapse Films) 1968. Horror. 85 Minutes. Not rated. In feudal Japan, an elderly man is accidentally killed while begging his landlord to forgive his nonpayment of rent. Still owed a lot of money, the landlord enslaves the deceased man’s wife and daughter, but things go awry for the landlord and his family as they become the playthings of a curse.
  You know, I watched this movie waiting for something to happen, but the only thing that happened was boredom and disappointment. While I did enjoy Nobuo Nakagawa’s direction and shooting (the ghost trickery was kind of cool), the story is a snore. Extras include the theatrical trailer, poster gallery, extensive liner notes, and reversible cover with original Japanese poster artwork: something I love that only Synapse Films does. – Denis Sheehan



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