MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 10,890 this week

Demons (1971)
"Shura" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  13 January 1974 (USA)
8.3
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 8.3/10 from 928 users  
Reviews: 2 user | 7 critic

Add a Plot

Director:

0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 25 titles
created 21 Jul 2011
 
a list of 647 titles
created 31 Dec 2011
 
a list of 49 titles
created 06 Jan 2012
 
a list of 281 titles
created 20 Jun 2012
 
a list of 40 titles
created 15 Mar 2013
 

Related Items

Search for "Demons" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Demons (1971)

Demons (1971) on IMDb 8.3/10

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  

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 | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

The mother of a feudal lord's only heir is kidnapped away from her husband by the lord. The husband and his samurai father must decide whether to accept the unjust decision, or risk death to get her back.

Director: Masaki Kobayashi
Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Yôko Tsukasa, Gô Katô
Vivre Sa Vie (1962)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Twelve episodic tales in the life of a Parisian woman and her slow descent into prostitution.

Director: Jean-Luc Godard
Stars: Anna Karina, Sady Rebbot, André S. Labarthe
Biography | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

Two interwoven stories. The first is a biography of anarchist Sakae Osugi which follows his relationship with three women in the 1920s. The second centers around two 1960s' students researching Osugi's theories.

Director: Yoshishige Yoshida
Stars: Mariko Okada, Toshiyuki Hosokawa, Yûko Kusunoki
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 7.3/10 X  
Director: Yoshishige Yoshida
Stars: Mariko Okada, Kaizo Kamoda, Naho Kimura
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

A family of four are the sole inhabitants of a small island, where they struggle each day to irrigate their crops.

Director: Kaneto Shindô
Stars: Nobuko Otowa, Taiji Tonoyama, Shinji Tanaka
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 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
Yume no ginga (1997)
Mystery | Romance | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Tomiko is a conductor in a rural bus driven by the handsome Niitaka. Tomiko had received a letter from her best friend Tsuyako, a conductor in another bus company, just after Tsuyako was ... See full summary »

Director: Gakuryû Ishii
Stars: Rena Komine, Tadanobu Asano, Kotomi Kyôno
Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

An angst-ridden teen dealing with his dysfunctional family hits the streets. The story is inter-cut with various psychedelic, energetic vignettes.

Director: Shûji Terayama
Stars: Hideaki Sasaki, Masahiro Saito, Yukiko Kobayashi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Carl Brown
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Director: Toshio Matsumoto
Stars: Kumiko Akiyoshi, Itsuro Shimoda, Michiko Saga
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:
?