Ayakashi - Japanese Classic Horror: Part 1

Ayakashi – Japanese Classic Horror: Part 1

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This story is cruel and creepy at the same time. Just what I expected with a horror title. Things like falling out hair, rising ghosts, and illusions of the mind are enough to make you squirm in your seat. This story is based upon real people named Oiwa and Tamiya Iemon and has been made and remade over the years many, many times. Despite the stories age and numerous re-tellings it still manages to grab you in as it is a classic tale of revenge.

We follow the story of Oiwa whom has been given an herbal mixture that is suppose to cure her from being ill after child birth. While it made her fell a little better the side effects were terrible disfiguring of the face and gave her more pain as well. Her husband Iemon soon gets an offer to marry another young more beautiful lady and he is willing to take up this offer despite his first wife's condition and a newborn baby.

Easily from here it is clear that the story is diving into its tale of revenge. As the wife learns the dangers of the medicine she was given after the fact, now knowing she was tricked by the family her husband will be marring into she vows revenge on all those who have done her wrong.

Now tales of revenge have always been fun to watch for me, but some just need a little more to it than this one had. Don't get me wrong it was worth watching and the horror factor is what made this more interesting than just a normal revenge story but it could have used a little more. Oiwa's way of haunting all the people who had done her wrong could have been more intense... I assume it was scary way back then but now with having seen these elements in every other revenge/horror story out there it just wasn't enough scare me. The history lesson at the very end of the story was very informative and actually made me want to go and learn more about the history of this story. It was told in a very good way that leaves the viewer wondering and asking questions that there may or may not be answers to.

Ayakashi - Japanese Classic Horror: Part 1, 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 rating

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