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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tamasaburo Bando ...
Yuri / Princess Shirayuki
Gô Katô ...
Akira Hagiwara
Tsutomu Yamazaki ...
Gaukuen Yamazaki
Kôji Nanbara ...
Priest Shikami
Yatsuko Tan'ami ...
Hisashi Igawa ...
The Carp
Norihei Miki ...
Catfish Messenger
Juro Kara ...
Ryûnosuke Kaneda ...
Diet Member
Fujio Tokita ...
The Crab
Jun Hamamura ...
The Shadow / Yatabei, the Bellkeeper
Megumi Ishii ...
The Camellia
Tadashi Furuta ...
The Mackerel
Kazuo Sato ...
Tiger Priest
Kai Atô ...
The Bone


Outside of a small village in Japan, a mysterious pond is inhabited by mythic creatures. Their story is of revenge, tragedy, and the power of real love. A classical tale which translates wonderfully to film. Written by Molly Malloy

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Romance | Fantasy





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20 October 1979 (Japan)  »

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Demon Pond  »

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22 January 2005 | by (Sylmar, Calif. United States) – See all my reviews

YASHAGAIKE (Demon Pond) has been missing from the Home Video Market for far too long (as in forever). How very strange that one of the few examples of Bando Tamasaburo's art, and perhaps his most accessible to the west, is so little known. I first saw this film on the late-lamented "Z Channel" in Los Angeles in the early 1980's and have always wanted to become reacquainted with it. If memory serves, it was such a surprise to see so many genres, visual styles of scenery, costume, lighting and period assembled with such naiveté in one film. Perhaps that is one of the reasons that it is not readily available. Also, my one viewing on television gave the impression of already fading non-technicolor processing. I hope that this is wrong. Yet, anyone who has seen "Das Geschriebene Gesicht" by Daniel Schmid (only available on PAL at the present), or Tamasaburo's collaboration with Yo-Yo-Ma in his Bach series will be anxious to see anything by the great Kabuki onnagata. Perhaps "Natassia" will appear some day.

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