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Tsutomu Yamazaki ...
Gaukuen Yamazaki
Kôji Nanbara ...
Priest Shikami
Yatsuko Tan'ami ...
Hisashi Igawa ...
The Carp
Norihei Miki ...
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Juro Kara ...
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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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20 October 1979 (Japan)  »

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Demon Pond  »

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a strange fable, in need of rediscovery
13 November 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Myth and superstition hold center stage in Masahiro Shinoda's fantastic tale of a haunted mountain lake in the remote Japanese hinterland, home of the beautiful Dragon Queen and her myriad spirit consorts. While investigating an obscure reference on a pre-war map of the region, a traveling schoolteacher happens upon a nearby village where the inhabitants suffer a terrible drought rather than disturb the underwater demon, whose release is checked by the ritual sounding of a sacred bell. The film moves from magic realism to theatrical stylization and back again as the boundary between the natural and the supernatural slowly narrows and disappears, until the ignorant and bitter villagers finally unleash an apocalypse which has to be seen to be believed. It's an accomplished and often extraordinary blend of mystery, legend, humor and horror, featuring an appropriately odd (but now sadly dated) Moog synthesizer soundtrack by Isao Tomita.

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