- Release Date
- July, 13th, 1958
- Running Time
- 69 min
- Part Color
- Screening Format
- Screen Size
- Cinema Scope (1:2.35)
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[ Story ]
Six years before, when Dr. Kuzumi took his wife to the house of her parents to recuperate from an illness, mysterious events began to happen in the mansion.
And from an old priest he learns of the legend of the "Ghost Mansion."
140 years ago, there lived in the mansion a hot-tempered man named Shogen Ishido who one night killed Kokingo, his chess teacher, after a trifling quarrel.
Shogen, then ordered Saheiji, his servant, to wall up the corpse of Kokingo, whose pet cat returned to its masters home with a piece of his clothing in its mouth. And Kokingo's spirit visits the bedside of his mother, Miyaji.
The next day, when Miyaji enquires of Shogen concerning her son he attacks her, and because of this humiliation she commits suicide, but before doing so instructs the cat: "Haunt Shogen's family forever!"
One day Shogen's mother is bitten to death by a haunted cat which takes her form without exciting suspicion.
Shinnojo is Shogen's only son and one day when they quarrel over a lady's maid, a loud noise is heard like the whine of a cat, and when the huge shadow of a cat is reflected on the wall and Shogen attacks it with a sword.
A few hours later, a maid finds the old mother licking her wounds.
Saheiji also discovers her catching gold-fish in the pond.
That night, Shogen who now realizes her identity attacks the "Old Mother." In pursuing her, he enters Shinnojo's room, his son appears to him as Kokingo, and after a fierce fight, they stab each other to death.
When Dr. Kuzumi hears this tale he realizes that Saheiji was one of his wife's ancestors.
The priest gives her a paper charm to put on the gate which will destroy the direct influence of the cat.
That night there is a strong wind and as soon as the paper charm is blown away, the cat appears, the wall of the alcove falls down, the skeleton of Kokingo is revealed and the cat disappears into the wall with the skeleton. The ghost is now laid and the mansion it at peace after 140 years.
【Quoted from Unijapan Film Quarterly 1958.1.2】
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