Kyôfu kikei ningen: Edogawa Rampo zenshû (1969)

Japan, 1969
99m, 1918 metres, 9 reels
35mm film, Toeiscope, colour
2.35:1
mono, Japanese
Reviewed at The EOFFTV Review

A Japanese horror film directed by Teruo Ishii.

Plot Summary

A young medical student escapes from a psychiatric hospital and assumes the identity of a dead man to uncover the truth behind his mysterious doppelganger. The trail leads him to a remote island where his deranged scientist father has been performing experiments on human captives.

Credits

Crew
Directed by: Teruo Ishii
Toei Company
Planners: Kanji Amao, Shigeru Okada
Written by: Teruo Ishii, Masahiro Kakefuda
Based on the novel Panorama-tô kitan by Edogawa Rampo
Director of Photography: Shigeru Akatsuka
Editor: Tadao Kanda
Music by: Hajime Kaburagi
Production Designer: Akira Yoshimura

Cast
Teruo Yoshida (Hirosuke Hitomi/Genzaburô Komoda)
Yukie Kagawa (Shizuko)
Teruko Yumi (Hideko/Hatsuyo)
Mitsuko Aoi (Toki Komoda)
Michiko Kobata (Chiyoko Komoda)
Yumiko Katayama (first female patient)
Kei Kiyama (Kei)
Reiko Mikasa (mad woman)
Miki Obana (slashed woman)
Michi Tanaka (Kin)
Yoshiko Katô (masseur)
Asano Kanamori (second female patient)
Yôko Koyama (Miki)
Chiyo Okada (clerk)
Mie Hanabusa (Mie)
Sumie Ozawa
Masaomi Kondô (Takeshi)
Misao Kawasaki (first hunchback)
Yukio Miyagi (first male patient)
Isamu Tsuchihashi (second male patient)

Alternative Titles

O Horror dos Homens Deformados – Brazilian title
Horror of a Deformed Man – alternative English language title
Horror of the Malformed Men – English language title
Horrors of Malformed Men – US DVD title
Kyôfu kikei ningen – alternative title
L’orrore degli uomini deformi – Italian title

Extracts included in
Malformed Memories (2007)

References

Periodicals

  • Film Comment vol.43 no.6 (November/December 2007) p.76 – DVD review (Cult pick: Horrors of Malformed Men by Maitland McDonagh)
  • Screem vol.16 (2008) p.48 – review (by Travis Johnson)
  • UniJapan Film Quarterly vol.13 no.1 (January 1970) p.20 – review

Books

  • The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror by Phil Hardy (ed.) p.208
  • The Encyclopedia of Japanese Horror Films by Salvador Murguia (ed.) 68-70; 134-136 – article (Ero guro nansensu genre by James A. Wren); credits, review (by Bill Thompson)
  • Feature Films, 1960-1969: A Filmography of English-language and Major Foreign-language United States Releases by Harris M. Lentz III p.203
  • Reference Guide to Fantastic Films by Walt Lee p.249 – credits