Japanese Horror Story

Yotsuya Ghost Story.

Never heard of it? Then, you must be one of those folks who have never gone to an Anime Convention, or watched Kabuki plays, or sat for endless hours in front of late night TV mindlessly pushing a remote button some 983 times passing channels in all languages and finally deciding it’s between Ron Popeil and his infomercial for a food processor or finally educating yourself to the fine art of Japanese animated horror and still coming away thinking all these Japanese cartoons — just seem… to look alike to me.

Here goes… a recap of last night’s viewing pleasure:

A true story… I think. Or at least that’s how I saw it last night between eyeballs closing and the sound of the clock ticking 3 times, signaling dawn is just around the corner.

Program begins:

They gave birth to a Lemon?

They gave birth to a Lemon?

A dude marries a beautiful chick and they give birth to a lemon. This fine fellow who just gave birth to this fine lemon feels guilty because he has no money to support his wife and lemon but is promised work via a rich guy who will only employ this fine fellow on one condition — If he marries his daughter. So this rich man’s daughter (obviously eager to get out of dad’s house) orders a servant to kill the kind but poor man’s wife with some sort of crappy poison that doesn’t do what the crappy flower poison is suppose to do but instead’s disfigures innocent wife’s physical looks.

So good wife kills herself after learning of her husband’s treachery in trying to kill her and hearing his penis had also at some point been inside the rich man’s daughter (and potential employer) to save her and their lemon.

Innocent (and now dead) wife is nailed to a cross and is tossed over a bridge and into the river below ’cause… (and here is where I lost the point — she isn’t dead enough? You have to nail her to a cross and toss her into a icy river — just to make sure? Or by doing this, makes the guilty party sleep better at night? And, if that is true — there is a reason folks invented Valium.)

Good dude and now widower does the honorable thing and marries rich man’s daughter.

Dead wife, comes back as a mean spirit and kills every one including not-so-honorable alive husband and current wife who apparently sucked a good banana according to husband’s servants.

The End

Yep. That was what I watched last night. Of course, this could all be wrong as I don’t speak Japanese, and I am one of those folks who has never been to an Anime Convention. So maybe this really didn’t happen at all in this episode. But it sure looked like that to me. Or maybe, I was watching some remake of a Japanese Animated Horror story on a porn channel but thought I was looking at a horror movie.

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