Shisha no Sho

The Book of the Dead

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Synonyms: The Book of a Dead Person, A Book of a Dead Person
Japanese: 死者の書
English: The Book of the Dead
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Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 8, 2005
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Source: Novel
Genres: Award WinningAward Winning, DramaDrama, SupernaturalSupernatural
Theme: HistoricalHistorical
Duration: 1 hr. 9 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 5.961 (scored by 459459 users)
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Ranked: #97462
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Popularity: #11592
Members: 1,768
Favorites: 4

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When a young noblewoman, Iratsume, falls into a trance after copying Buddhist sutras and walks to a remote temple that women are forbidden to enter, she stirs up the ghost of the executed Prince Otsu. Otsu's ghost then mistakes Iratsume for one of her ancestors, a young woman who came to watch his execution. The beautiful face of this young woman was the last thing the Prince saw before he died, and his ghost cannot rest while her face haunts his sleep.


Winner of the Excellence Award on the 9th Japan Media Arts Festival.

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Sep 20, 2023
Mixed Feelings
A charming little stop-motion picture, that sadly seems to have been mostly forgotten despite being an award winning film.
The puppetry is almost beautiful enough to make up for the lackluster and incoherent story, but not quite. Despite that, I don't at all feel it was a waste to watch, as it feels exactly like a story that would be told, and a puppet show that would've been made, in the time the film takes place in.

As mentioned above, the story is mostly incoherent and harder to follow than most, but the style its told in, and the art of the puppetry makes it interesting nonetheless, ...

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Poll: Shisha no Sho Episode 1 Discussion
StevenHu - May 20, 2015
3 repliesby Euonymus »»
Sep 2, 2023 11:42 PM
Is currently on netflix
xMatronxMalicex - Jan 13, 2012
0 repliesby xMatronxMalicex »»
Jan 13, 2012 6:36 PM