Nobuo Nakagawa, Nakagawa Nobuo, April 18, 1905 – June 17, 1984) was a Japanese film director, most famous for the stylized, folk tale-influenced horror films he made in the 1950s and 1960s. He was considered as one of the first Asian Masters of Horror directors after he moved to Toho Studios, where he made comedies starring Enoken and even documentaries during the war. It was at Shintoho after the war that he became known for his cinematic adaptations of Japanese Kaidan (Horror), especially his masterful version of "The Vampire Moth" in 1956, "The Ghost of Kasane Swamp" (Kaidan Kasane-ga-fuchi) in 1957 and, Tokaido Yotsuya kaidan (Ghost Story of Yotsuya) in 1959. To Western audiences, his most famous film is Jigoku (Hell), in (1960), which he also co-wrote. The film was released on DVD by the Criterion Collection in 2006. He also filmed many kaidan for television. His last film was 1982's Kaidan: Ikiteiru Koheiji. "The Woman Vampire" or "Lady Vampire from 1959, was the first Japanese horror movie to be set in modern times. It was also the first film made in that country (Japan) to feature a vampire as the protagonist, although this vampire is very different from the Western type. Finally, much of the film has that dark and creepy atmospheric look as most shockers produced in Europe during the early sixties, such as Seddok and Lycanthropus, which is remarkable, considering it was made in 1959. Vampire Woman is certainly an atypical entry in Nakagawa's filmography around this time frame 1954-1959, where he directed these classic Japanese Horror Films, Highly Recommended!!. Directed by Nobuo Nakagawa and stars, Shigeru Amachi and Takashi Wada. Complete Uncut Japanese Version with English Subtitles. 1959 B&W 78 Minutes on DVD-R.