Shinya Tsukamoto: Hiruko the Goblin

Shinya Tsukamoto: Hiruko the Goblin

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Following the success of his trailblazing independent cyberpunk debut, Tetsuo: The Iron Man, Shinya Tsukamoto directed this wonderfully bizarre adaptation of Daijiro Morohoshi’s Yokai Hunter manga as his first studio project.

Called to an idyllic countryside town, disgraced archaeologist Professor Hieda (pop idol Kenji Sawada) teams up with high schooler Masao (Masaki Kudou) when a series of disappearances—including those of Masao’s father (Naoto Takenaka) and classmate crush Reiko (Megumi Ueno)—take place. Together, the unlikely duo discover that the local high school sits atop an ancient burial mound that may very well be a subterranean gateway to hell. Offering a raucous mashup of genres—ranging from campy adventure to Lovecraftian body horror—Hiruko the Goblin delivers pulse-pounding thrills with over-the-top visuals including stop-motion animation and practical effects that recall the early works of Sam Raimi and John Carpenter.

Director: Shinya Tsukamoto
Cast: Kenji Sawada, Masaki Kudou, Naoto Takenaka
Genre: Horror, Fantasy
Language: Japanese (Choose English subtitles - press the CC button to turn on subtitles)
Year: 1991
Runtime: 89 minutes

Shinya Tsukamoto: Hiruko the Goblin