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The Demon (1978)

Kichiku (original title)
When Sokichi stops providing his long-time lover Kikuyo enough money to pay for the care of their three young children, Kikuyo leaves the children with Sokichi - and his very surprised and angry wife Oume - and disappears.

Director:

Yoshitarô Nomura

Writers:

Masato Ide, Seichô Matsumoto (story)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Shima Iwashita ... Oume, Sokichi's wife
Ken Ogata Ken Ogata ... Sôkichi Takeshita
Hiroki Iwase Hiroki Iwase ... Riichi, Sôkichi and Kikuyo's first son
Miyuki Yoshizawa Miyuki Yoshizawa ... Yoshiko
Jun Ishii Jun Ishii ... Shôichi
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eimei Esumi Eimei Esumi
Jun Hamamura Jun Hamamura ... Welfare official
Yoshie Hinoki Yoshie Hinoki
Yukio Horikita Yukio Horikita
Takanobu Hozumi Takanobu Hozumi ... Mizuguchi
Tokuo Ichimaru Tokuo Ichimaru
Hirokazu Inoue Hirokazu Inoue
Hirokazu Ishii Hirokazu Ishii
Jun Kajima Jun Kajima
Keizô Kanie Keizô Kanie ... Akutsu, Sôkichi's colleague
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When Sokichi stops providing his long-time lover Kikuyo enough money to pay for the care of their three young children, Kikuyo leaves the children with Sokichi - and his very surprised and angry wife Oume - and disappears.

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They'd be bettter off with strangers.

Genres:

Drama | Mystery

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

22 June 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Demon See more »

Filming Locations:

Fukui, Japan See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Shochiku See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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A title that works on many levels
8 December 2014 | by karmaswimswamiSee all my reviews

"The Demon" is a stark, deeply-felt film relatively unknown in the West and one that often flows and feels like Ingmar Bergman directing a quintessentially Japanese story. The customary strains and strictures of modern Japanese life backstop the viewer, and if one single character functions as the title, which character that is requires active collaboration from the viewer. I was concerned the story arc might wax soap-operatic, but it doesn't. "The Demon" is sensitively- directed, and its characters defy pigeonholing. The iconic imagery of the baffled, buffeted, confused children stuns. "The Demon" belongs in the pantheon of really great movies about family pathology like Lanthimos's "Dogtooth" and Bergman's "Cries and Whispers." The Criterion Collection release is a crackerjack edition.


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