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The Golden Amulet
A classic ghost tale from Japan about a samurai's son falling for a spirit.
Air Dates:
First Run - March 21, 1978
Repeat - August 20, 1978
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3 Responses to Episode 0802

An ancient Japanese ghost story involving a son of a samuri who reaps bad karma by falling in love with a ghost.

A story about Karma. The ghost girl reminds me of the singing twin sisters in Mothra

I rate this episode ★★★☆☆ for AVERAGE. This is the first time I’ve heard of a Samurai story coming from CBSRMT. Roy Winsor, who wrote this episode, did a suitable adaptation of this ghostly tale, but not enough to expand the deepness on love & fate. It was more like cast & custom. SPECIAL NOTE: this episode is based on a Japanese story called: “A Passional Karma.” The title of this radio adaptation is OK, but I would’ve called it: “The Unrequited Love.” The music was terrific, especially playing the Oriental music before the narrations. But there weren’t enough sound effects to go with this. Just the sounds of birds chirping, wind howling, tea cups clinking, and a bedroom door opening. E.G. Marshall starts the show off by saying, “Your host for another story of the macabre.” In ACT-1, he focuses on Oriental Philosophy. In ACT-2, he’s focused on the Spirit World, but also points out that wisdom is evaluated and not love. In ACT-3, after finishing this story of unrequited love, E.G. Marshall explains that this tragic story is way different than Romeo & Juliet because the 2 lovers in this Japanese tale were fated by their Gods and never to fulfill their love. In his Epilogue, our Host explains the precepts of Buddha. Informative our Host us. And finally, our cast: Tony Roberts (as Hagiwara Shinzaburo), Evie Juster (as O-Tsuyu, O-Yone, O-Mine, O-Kuni, and Yusai), and Robert Dryden (as Dr. Shijo and Tomozo). I’d give Evie Juster major props for playing multiple roles. However, it seems odd that CBSRMT would hire actors/actresses to play characters from different heritages. It’s like the time Arnold Moss played Othello in #0473-THE GREEN EYED MONSTER and that role should’ve gone to Gordon Heath or Brock Peters. I think CBSRMT should’ve gotten Japanese actors like George Takei, Toshirô Mifune, Ken Takakura, or Ken Watanabe to be in this episode. Anyway, check this story out if you’re into stories on ghosts, romantic love, or the Samurai. Until next time…pleasant dreams. =0]

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