Hiroshi Matsuno

The Living Skeleton

The Living Skeleton

In this atmospheric tale of revenge from beyond the watery grave, a pirate-ransacked freighter’s violent past comes back to haunt a young woman living in a seaside town. Mixing elements of kaidan (ghost stories), doppelgänger thrillers, and mad-scientist movies, Hiroshi Matsuno’s The Living Skeleton is a wild and eerie work, with beautiful widescreen, black-and-white cinematography.

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Eclipse Series 37: When Horror Came to Shochiku

Eclipse Series 37: When Horror Came to Shochiku

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$47.96

The Living Skeleton
Cast
Kikko Matsuoka
Saeko/Yoriko
Yasunori Irikawa
Mochizuki
Masumi Okada
Father
Nobuo Kaneko
Suetsugu
Kô Nishimura
Nishizato
Credits
Director
Hiroshi Matsuno
Produced by
Akira Inomata
Screenplay
Kikuma Shimoiizaka
Screenplay
Kyuzo Kobayashi
Cinematography
Masayuki Kato
Editor
Kazuo Ota
Production design
Kyohei Morita
Music
Noboru Nishiyama

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Oct 25, 2013
Eclipse Series 37: When Horror Came to Shochiku
Eclipse Series 37: When Horror Came to Shochiku

For a brief, shining moment, the genteel Japanese studio mutated into a fun house of grim ghouls and slimy aliens.

By Chuck Stephens

On Film / Essays — Nov 20, 2012