A Ghost of a Chance

A Ghost of a Chance (ステキな金縛り, Suteki na Kanashibari) (also known as "Once In a Blue Moon" in Japan) is a 2011 Japanese comedy mystery film directed by Kōki Mitani.[2][3][4]

A Ghost of a Chance
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Film poster advertising this film in Japan
Directed byKōki Mitani
Written byKōki Mitani
StarringEri Fukatsu
Toshiyuki Nishida
Hiroshi Abe
Yūko Takeuchi
Tadanobu Asano
Kiichi Nakai
Release date
  • October 29, 2011 (2011-10-29)
Running time
142 minutes
Box office$54.08 million[1]


Emi Hosho, a third-rate lawyer without much of a future, is tasked with defending Goro Yabe, a man arrested for the murder of his wife. Without much hope of winning, Yabe proclaims his innocence, saying that he was under sleep paralysis at the time of the murder. Emi heads to the inn where Yabe stayed and encounters the ghost of fallen samurai Rokubei Sarashina, who claims he was the one holding Yabe in sleep paralysis. Rokubei is brought to the court as a witness. However, the prosecution denies the existence of the occult, asserting that Rokubei's testimony is inadmissible in court. So begins the struggle to prove Yabe's innocence.



  1. ^ "Box Office Mojo". IMDb.com, Inc. Retrieved 2012-01-17.
  2. ^ ステキな金縛り(2010). Allcinema.net (in Japanese). Stingray. Retrieved 2011-11-02.
  3. ^ Smith, Ian Hayden (2012). International Film Guide 2012. p. 157. ISBN 978-1908215017.
  4. ^ Edwards, Russell (3 November 2011). "A Ghost of a Chance". Variety. Retrieved 21 May 2020.

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