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The Mother Tree
Ghost of Chibusa Enoki

Japan 1958
produced by
Mitsugu Okura for Shintoho
directed by Goro Kadono
starring Asao Matsumoto, Hiroshi Hayashi, Yataro Kitagami, Machiko Mizuhara, Akira Nakamura, Katsuko Wakasugi
screenplay by Tarao Tanabe, based on the novel by Encho San'yutei

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Young painter Hanimei is hell-bent on becoming the apprentice of famed painter Shigenobu - not so much because he respects his talent though but because he admires his wife Kise. Thanks to his friend Takeroku, he ultimately manages to get the job, and when the master is out painting a mural, Hanimei forces Kise to have sex with him, threatening to kill her baby son otherwise. When a maid witnesses the scene, he kills her. This in turn is witnessed by Takeroku though, who starts blackmailing Hanimei.

After their first night together, Hanimei becomes more and more possessed with Kise - so much so that he eventually sets out and kills her husband. However, both the maid and Shigenobu return from the grave to haunt Hanimei, and eventually they even scare him into killing treacherousTakeroku.

Kise is overcome with grief and despair by all of this, and she thur totally dries up and is unable to produce milk to feed her son anymore - but the ghosts of Shibenobu and the maid take care of the boy and take him to the mother tree that feeds the boy. Eventually, Hanimei figures the ghosts of the dead must be somehow linked to the baby boy, so he tries to get rid of him - but without the least bit of success. Before long, the ghosts go so far as to frightening Hanimei to death, and Kise, who has long lost her will to live, only makes it to the temple where Shigenobu was painting his mural alive, handing her son over to the priest before dying ...


An extremely atmospheric piece of horror cinema that somehow manages to combine its artificial sets, basic special effects, theatrical acting and stagey direction to a great mood piece that's definitely more than just the sum of its elements.



review © by Mike Haberfelner


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