Director: Hajime Sato
Starring: Teruo Yoshida, Tomomi Sato, Eizo Kitamura, Hideo Ko, Kathy Horan
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Hajime Sato is one of my favorite directors and one of Japan's most talented eccentrics. Though he's lensed only a handful of films, each bear his lively and visually inventive mark. Among these are a the Bavaesque haunted house horror, 'Ghost of the Hunchback' (1964); the underwater adventure, 'Terror Beneath the Sea' and the superheroic 'Golden Bat' (both from 1966 and both starring a young Sonny Chiba). In 1968, Sato unleashed his masterpiece, 'Goke - Body Snatcher From Hell', one of the gaudiest, most bizarre and frightening sci fi/horror pictures of the '60s'.
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