Welcome to episode 32 of Holly Jolly X’masu! In this special Halloween episode, I discuss the 1978 movie, “Blue Christmas – Blood Type: Blue,” and its soundtrack.
Once I finally tracked down a copy, I really had no idea what to expect from “Blue Christmas.” At times, it’s a gritty, tense, and unnerving thriller. At other times, it’s uneven and somewhat outlandish, with some improbably bad acting and several unnecessarily explicit references to Hitler and the Holocaust. The good outweighs the bad, though, so I’m glad I was able to see it.
While the editing could have been a little tighter, Okamoto’s direction is fine. I love the overall look of the movie and there are some truly gorgeous scenes.
As long as nobody is speaking English, the cast is great. The bulk of the non-Japanese actors were amateurish at best. The main cast was splendid, though.
Tatsuya Nakadai as Kazuya Minami
Yusuke Okada as Kidokoro, and Harumi Arai as Yuko Takamatsu
Hiroshi Katsuno as Oki Taisuke
Keiko Takeshita as Saeko Nishida
Masaya Oki as Harada
The Christmas scenes were great, as were the closing shots of Oki and Saeko’s tragic end.
Char’s “Blue Christmas” really grew on me, especially after watching the movie all the way through six times, then scanning through multiple times for notes and screen captures. Given the choice, I’ll listen to the Japanese version, but I’m glad I got both copies.
Thanks for listening, and I hope you enjoyed my recap of “Blue Christmas” and its music. While not strictly a horror movie, it was a fun way to bring a little eerie, Halloween feeling to the podcast. Join me back here next month for a couple albums from the 1960s. First up is Yujiro Ishihara’s 1966 album, “Xmas Carol.” It’s a fine vocal album and one any fan of Perry Como or Andy Williams should enjoy. Then tune in on the 25th for Satoru Oda’s splendid 1964 album, “Tenor in X’mas.” It’s a wonderful Mood Kayo sax album, and one you don’t want to miss.
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Author: Holly Jolly X’masu
Title: Episode 32 – Blue Christmas – Blood Type: Blue