Asamadake Hototogisu Goroshi (1909)

35mm film, black and white

A Japanese short horror film made by M. Pate. It is believed to be the first version of the story of Asamadake. It is also believed to be the first kabuki ghost to be seen on screen.

Plot Summary

Asamadake, a murdered prostitute, returns from the grave as a ghost to take her revenge on her killer.

Alternative Titles

The Murder of Asamadake, the Bird of the Land of the Dead



  • Carnal Curses, Disfigured Dreams: Japanese Horror & Bizarre Cinema 1898-1949 by Kagami Jigoku Kobayashi p.8 – credits, synopsis