Yokai Monsters: 100 Monsters is a 1968 tokusatsu film produced by Daiei Kyoto Studio, and the first installment in the Yokai Monsters series. The film was released to Japanese theaters on March 20, 1968 on a double bill with Gamera vs. Viras.
Yokai Monsters: 100 Monsters
Yokai Monsters: 100 Monsters is a 1968 Japanese fantasy horror film directed by Kimiyoshi Yasuda, with special effects by Yoshiyuki Kuroda. It is the first in a trilogy of films produced in the late 1960s, which focus around Japanese monsters known collectively as yōkai.
Yokai Monsters: 100 Monsters 1968
The films, produced by Daiei Film, all make extensive use of practical special effects known as tokusatsu. They largely make use of actors in costumes and puppetry. In some scenes, there are even examples of traditional animation.
Notably darker in tone than its more famous sequel, Yokai Monsters: 100 Monsters focuses much more on a traditional story than it does on its titular monsters. While monsters do appear throughout the film, they are relegated to antagonistic roles, more akin to their appearances in traditional kaidan.
Yokai Monsters: 100 Monsters – The Movie
A rich landowner intends to tear down a local shrine and other houses to build a brothel. He holds a Hyakumonogatari Kaidankai ceremony during which various tales of yōkai are told, such as the tales of kasa-obake (an umbrella tsukumogami), and a long-necked rokurokubi.
Yokai Monsters: 100 Monsters – The Movie 1968
However, the landowner omits the purification ceremony at the end to ward off the evil spirit conjured up during the telling of tales, after which the landowner and his supporters are scared to death or driven mad by the angered spirits, who at the end of the movie are seen parading out of the town with barrels of sake .