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The 8-Tomb Village (1996)

Yatsuhaka-mura (original title)
In a remake of a well-known Japanese mystery, a man in Kobe does not have a family. He receives a visitor who is a researcher one day who has noticed that the man has a well-off family in ... See full summary »

Director:

Kon Ichikawa

Writers:

Kon Ichikawa (screenplay), Seishi Yokomizo (novel) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Etsushi Toyokawa ... Koichi Kindaichi
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Yûko Asano Yûko Asano ... Miyako Mori
Yu Ji Chin Ye Yu Ji Chin Ye
Hisashi Igawa ... Lawyer Suwa
Renji Ishibashi ... Priest
Saburô Ishikura Saburô Ishikura ... Tokunosuke
Takeshi Katô Takeshi Katô ... Detective Todoroki
Ittoku Kishibe Ittoku Kishibe ... Yozo, Hisaya and Shozaemon Tajimi (plays 3 parts)
Kyôko Kishida ... Kotake and Koume Tajimi (plays 2 parts)
Mai Kitajima Mai Kitajima ... Noriko Satomura
Akiji Kobayashi ... Head of a factory
Shigeru Kôyama Shigeru Kôyama ... Doctor
Hisako Manda Hisako Manda ... Haruyo Tajimi
Kumeko Otowa Kumeko Otowa
Kayoko Shiraishi Kayoko Shiraishi ... Nun
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In a remake of a well-known Japanese mystery, a man in Kobe does not have a family. He receives a visitor who is a researcher one day who has noticed that the man has a well-off family in Okayama. This village is called Yatsuhakamura. This family has been there for four hundred years. The man decides to visit his new-found family only for a series of murders to coincide with his arrival. This family's lawyer hires a private investigator who begins working on the crimes. Written by aghaemi

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

26 October 1996 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

The 8-Tomb Village See more »

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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Mostly Entertaining but not up to Ichikawa's Standards
2 April 2002 | by F. PooleSee all my reviews

It's so hard to find any of Kon Ichikawa's later films in this country that I wouldn't want to discourage anyone from watching The 8 Tomb Village, should the opportunity arise. Nevertheless I felt that it was sub-par for a director like Ichikawa whose mastery of the medium deserves a great deal more notice than it has received.

The Walt Disney influence definitely comes through in The 8 Tomb Village (as it does in Dora-Heita) and dominates the picture's aesthetic, particularly the mood. It also did not seem to be as sophisticated or complex as some of his other films like Enjo, Kagi, or even Watashi wa Ni-sei. This is not necessarily a bad thing, but since there is a twenty-five year gap in my familiarity with Ichikawa (from Tokyo Olympiad 'til now) perhaps there is something I'm missing. Also, I'm not sure that the transfer I saw (a dub of a Japanese DVD) was the greatest possible quality.

Nevertheless, Ichikawa's characters are typically quirky and a pleasure to watch as they inhabit their peculiar little world. A must for Ichikawa fans, but definitely not a place to start for those that are unfamiliar with this unknown (in the West) master.


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