|The Bride From Hades|
aka: Peony Lantern
Directed by Satsuo Yamamoto
STARRING: Miyoko Akaza, Kojiro Hongo and Hajime Koshikawa
Botan Doro - (aka: Peony Lantern) a Japanese ghost story that is both romantic and horrific. It involves sex with a ghost and the consequences of loving a ghost. It is sometimes known as Kaidan Botan Dï¿½ï¿½rï¿½ï¿½, based on the kabuki version of the story. It is one of the most famous kaidan in Japan.
This Japanese ghost story finds a man refusing to marry his brother's widow at the insistence of his parents. The young man runs off to become a teacher and during the O-Bon festival of the dead, he is proposed to by a beautiful girl.
The lonely teacher is soon in love with the woman, who unknown to him is a ghost. When she allows other ghosts into his home, the frightened man calls for the local priest. During a Buddhist ceremony, the female ghosts tell their mournful tales of being excluded from the land of the dead.
When the young man goes off to meet his gorgeous ghost, he is found the next morning -- dead at her grave. He has chosen to join her in the great beyond rather than live a lonely life on Earth.
1968 Color WIDESCREEN - 89 Mins.
Japanese with English Subtitles.