I've been reading about the violent labor strike at Toho studios in 1947 that lead to many of the young, talented directors who were being denied creative positions to leave and form Shintoho. Shintoho produced some of the best horror films of the 1950s and very early 1960s in my opinion including Ghost Story of Kasane Swamp, Jigoku and your previously mentioned Lady Vampire. Do you think it would take another movement like Shintoho to revitalize the Japanese Horror genre?
They sure did. And the V Cinema movement that I mentioned is what gave us the revitalization of the Japanese film industry in the late 90s also. All of the directors that had big, international breakthrough hits came from that system.
How did they get in to V cinema? The exact same reason that Shintoho took off. Major producers and directors saw video as beneath them and all of the desperate, younger generation (that were assistant directors) went to V cinema. Video was seen as being beneath many of the bigger producers so the directors there were given scripts and then left to do whatever the hell they wanted with it. That’s how we ended up with Miike, Kurosawa, Nakata, etc.
Sushi Typhoon was an attempt at that also by Nikkatsu, but I think those movies aside from Cold Fish pandered a little too much.