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Yasha-ga-ike (1979)

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Tamasaburô Bandô ...
Yuri / Princess Shirayuki (as Tamasaburo Bando)
Gô Katô ...
Akira Hagiwara
Tsutomu Yamazaki ...
Gaukuen Yamazaki
Kôji Nanbara ...
Priest Shikami
Yatsuko Tan'ami ...
Nurse
Hisashi Igawa ...
The Carp
Norihei Miki ...
Catfish Messenger
Juro Kara ...
Denkichi
Ryûnosuke Kaneda ...
Diet Member
Fujio Tokita ...
The Crab
Jun Hamamura ...
The Shadow / Yatabei, the Bellkeeper
Megumi Ishii ...
The Camellia
Tadashi Furuta ...
The Mackerel
Kazuo Satô ...
Tiger Priest
Kai Atô ...
The Bone
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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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This film has shown in the United States as Demon Pond. One part ghost story (with echoes of the Japanese classic, Ugetsu), one part a distinctly Japanese version of a "weird tale", and one part drawn from Japanese fairie tales and children's stories, much of the action is a vehicle for Bando, perhaps the most accomplished actor/female impersonator in Japanese theater and kabuki in the last 30 years. It is virtually impossible to tell that he is a man, playing a female role. More theatrical than scary, the film is still sometimes creepy and very imaginative visually. For those who are interested in Bando, Daniel Schmid made a "documentary" about him, The Hidden Face, which is well worth seeing. In all, this is an excellent example of superior recent Japanese film that has more aspirations to entertain than to be art, but entails both.


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