Hiruko the Goblin

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Hiruko the Goblin
Hiruko the Goblin.jpg
Film poster
Directed by Shinya Tsukamoto
Produced by Toshiaki Nakazawa
Yasuhiro Hasegawa
Shin Yoneyama
Written by Daijirō Morohoshi
Koji Tsutsumi
Shinya Tsukamoto
Starring Kenji Sawada
Music by Tatsushi Umegaki
Cinematography Masahiro Kishimoto
Edited by Yoshitami Kuroiwa
Shinya Tsukamoto
Distributed by Shochiku-Fuji Company (Theatrical release)
Kaijyu Theater
Release date
  • 11 May 1991 (1991-05-11)
Running time
89 minutes
Country Japan
Language Japanese

Hiruko the Goblin (Yōkai Hantā: Hiruko (妖怪ハンター ヒルコ, Ghost Hunter: Hiruko)) is a 1991 Japanese horror film directed by Shinya Tsukamoto and starring Kenji Sawada.[1] It is based on a manga by Daijiro Morohoshi.


Reijiro Hieda, a young and energetic archeologist, has been discredited since advocating heretical theories. A letter from his brother-in-law Yabe, a junior high school teacher, tells of his discovery of an ancient tomb built to appease evil spirits. Hieda eagerly goes to investigate, only to find that Yabe has mysteriously disappeared along with one of his students, Reiko Tsukishima. Meanwhile, Yabe's son, Masao, searches for his father in the school during summer vacation and encounters Reiko. Masao becomes engulfed in a mysterious atmosphere, and strange creatures appear, upon which his back begins to ache and emit smoke. Hieda appears and saves Masao. Together they search the premises and find a sea of blood and a headless body while Reiko's quiet voice is heard singing.



In his book Horror and Science Fiction Film IV, Donald C Willis stated that Hiruko the Goblin was a variation of Bug, The Fly, Attack of the Crab Monsters and A Nightmare on Elm Street III, but "puts a fresh weird spin on each variation".[2] Noting that "the film is situated amusingly between the comic, the creepy, the campy and Luis Bunuel."[2]


  1. ^ "New York Times: Hiruko the Goblin". NY Times. Retrieved 3 August 2008. 
  2. ^ a b Willis 1997, p. 232.


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