The heir to a family fortune discovers that a curse has been placed on it, put there centuries before by a band of samurai warriors. —IMDb
Yoshitaro Nomura, Japanese film director (b. April 23, 1919, Tokyo, Japan—d. April 8, 2005, Tokyo), pioneered the film noir genre in Japanese cinema. The son of film director Hotei Nomura, Yoshitaro Nomura signed with the Shochiku film studio when he was 22 years old and made his directorial debut with Hato (Pigeon) in 1953. Though he made samurai dramas and musicals, he was best known for his film noirs, including his masterpiece Suna no utsuwa (1974; Castle of Sand), a thriller that follows the investigation of a murdered police officer; it was considered among the finest films ever made in Japan. —Britannica
This is the best of the Nomura films I've seen, which isn't saying much, but it's a well-done, thorough mystery that's easy to get into, despite having this weird quality of the "mysterious feminine" which gets annoying in movies. Makes me want to see Inugami Family, '76, and some of the other adaptations from the Kindaichi series.