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Yokai Monsters: One Hundred Monsters

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Yokai Monsters: One Hundred Monsters (Japanese: 妖怪百物語, Hepburn: Yōkai Hyaku Monogatari, lit. One Hundred Yōkai Tales) is a Japanese horror/fantasy film directed by Kimiyoshi Yasuda. 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: One Hundred Monsters
Yokai Monsters 100 Monsters DVD Cover.jpg
Front cover of the 2003 ADV Films DVD release
Directed by Kimiyoshi Yasuda
Produced by Yamato Yashiro
Screenplay by Tetsurô Yoshida
  • Shinobu Araki
  • Jun Fujimaki
  • Ryûtarô Gomi
  • Shozo Hayashiya
Music by Michiaki Watanabe (as Chemei Watanabe)
Cinematography Yasukazu Takemura
Edited by Kanji Suganuma
Distributed by Daiei International Films
Release date
  • 20 March 1968 (1968-03-20)
Running time
1 hr 20 min (80 min)
Country Japan
Language Japanese

The series consists of three films, all released between the years 1968-1969:

  • Yokai Monsters: One Hundred Monsters (20 March 1968)
  • Yokai Monsters: Spook Warfare (December 1968)
  • Yokai Monsters: Along With Ghosts (March 1969)

The films, produced by Daiei Film, all make extensive use of practical special effects known as tokusatsu. Rather than using stop motion, the films largely made 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: One Hundred Monsters focuses much more on a traditional story about samurai than it does on its titular monsters.[1] While the monsters do appear throughout the film, they are relegated to antagonistic spook roles, more akin to their appearances in traditional Kaidan.


Influence and legacyEdit

Though perhaps not as well remembered as its sequel, Yokai Monsters: Spook Warfare, the film was nonetheless notable for its production features. Many of the props and costumes used here were also featured in the more famous sequel and are remembered as some of the more faithful realisations of classic yōkai renderings.[citation needed] In particular, the puppet used to represent the Kasa-Obake in both films has become one of the most recognised images of yōkai.


  1. ^ Papp 2009, p. 229-230.


  • Papp, Zilia (2009). "Monsters at War: The Great Yōkai Wars, 1968-2005". Mechademia. 4 (War/Time): 225–239. JSTOR 41510938. 

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