MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 31,290 this week

Demons (1971)
"Shura" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  13 January 1974 (USA)
8.4
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 8.4/10 from 887 users  
Reviews: 2 user | 6 critic

Add a Plot

Director:

0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 92 titles
created 30 Sep 2012
 
list image
a list of 1000 titles
created 05 Feb 2013
 
a list of 40 titles
created 15 Mar 2013
 
a list of 174 titles
created 8 months ago
 
a list of 45 titles
created 2 months ago
 

Search for "Shura" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Demons (1971)

Demons (1971) on IMDb 8.4/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Demons.

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

The tale of a 17th century samurai's daughter.

Director: Kenji Mizoguchi
Stars: Kinuyo Tanaka, Tsukie Matsuura, Ichirô Sugai
Late Spring (1949)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Noriko is twenty-seven years old and still living with her widowed father. Everybody tries to talk her into marrying, but Noriko wants to stay at home caring for her father.

Director: Yasujirô Ozu
Stars: Chishû Ryû, Setsuko Hara, Yumeji Tsukioka
Tokyo Story (1953)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

An old couple visit their children and grandchildren in the city; but the children have little time for them.

Director: Yasujirô Ozu
Stars: Chishû Ryû, Chieko Higashiyama, Sô Yamamura
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

Deals with the intolerably hard life of a family of four, the only inhabitants of a very small Japanese island in the Setonaikai archipelago. Several times a day they row over to the ... See full summary »

Director: Kaneto Shindô
Stars: Nobuko Otowa, Taiji Tonoyama, Shinji Tanaka
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

After being raped in an unknown rooftop, nineteen year-old girl Poppo meets a mysterious boy, and both share their sexual traumas and fears, with fatal consequences.

Director: Kôji Wakamatsu
Stars: Michio Akiyama, Hiroshi Imaizumi, Mimi Kozakura
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Consists of five phases of a man's life about why he committed suicide in the end.

Director: Chang-dong Lee
Stars: Kyung-gu Sol, Yeo-jin Kim, Jung Suh
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Jae-Young is an amateur prostitute who sleeps with men while her best friend Yeo-Jin "manages" her, fixing dates, taking care of the money and making sure the coast is clear. When Jae-Young... See full summary »

Director: Ki-duk Kim
Stars: Yeo-reum Han, Ji-min Kwak, Eol Lee
Dogra Magra (1988)
Horror | Mystery | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A man is confined to a mental institution after trying to murder his fiancee. Two doctors relate his problem to an Asian philosophy that states that mental defects are transmitted from ... See full summary »

Director: Toshio Matsumoto
Stars: Yôji Matsuda, Shijaku Katsura, Hideo Murota
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Director: Toshio Matsumoto
Stars: Kumiko Akiyoshi, Itsuro Shimoda, Michiko Saga
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

A man penetrates by night in a nurse dormitory planning to kill them all. While he accomplishes to his self imposed task thoughts and obsessions come to his mind revealing his love deficits... See full synopsis »

Director: Kôji Wakamatsu
Stars: Juro Kara, Keiko Koyanagi, Miki Hayashi
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Fortunately this film isn't just another repetition of the Japanese highschool drama genre - even though all characters are students and a reference to bullying is not missing. Instead, we ... See full summary »

Director: Ryosuke Hashiguchi
Stars: Yoshinori Okada, Ayumi Hamasaki, Kouji Yamaguchi
Ritual (2000)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A disillusioned filmmaker has an encounter with a young girl who has a ritual of repeating "Tomorrow is my birthday" everyday. He tries to communicate with her through his video camera

Director: Hideaki Anno
Stars: Shunji Iwai, Ayako Fujitani, Jun Murakami
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
Katsuo Nakamura ...
Gengo
Yasuko Sanjo ...
Koman
Juro Kara ...
Sango
Masao Imafuku ...
Hachiemon
Edit

Storyline

Add Full Plot | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

13 January 1974 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Demons  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Brooding, suffocating vision of Hell on Earth...
5 May 2004 | by (West Country, England) – See all my reviews

A stark, desperate tale of vengeance, Shura examines the plight of Gengobe - a Ronin (Samurai without Master) - and his quest to right the wrongs done unto him. This is basically the whole plot in a nutshell, but this isn't any kind of action adventure story or pulp fiction Samurai epic, rather a philosophical and meditative examination of manipulation and a misguided affection which blinds a man from his duty and true quest. True this is a staple of Japanese cinema - but it is one which has rarely been examined quite this painfully and as unflinchingly as it is in this film.

The theatrical origins of Matsumoto's film are very evident from the onset of this bleak piece, an extremely minimalist affair, but this only adds to the feeling of entrapment and claustrophobia. Daylight is glimpsed only once (the first shot as the sun sinks from the blood-red sky - also the only shot in colour) and the story plays out over the course of several nights.

As with his previous film 'Funeral Parade of Roses' Matsumoto employs many times a 'dual reality' device replaying scenes first as the protagonist imagines, and then as it actually happens, constantly keeping the viewer unsettled, with shocking - though never gratuitous - spurts of violence which one is torn between finding sympathy with and being repulsed by.

This is a film which is easier to admire than to actually like, but it's forlorn, doomed and - literally - lightless vision means it could only be truthfully recommended to those who are fans of truly downbeat cinema. A viciously dark night of the Soul.

9/10. 1 point deducted for not showing even the slightest glimmer of hope.


28 of 32 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
DVD? limptriple
wrong image! doravale
Discuss Demons (1971) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?