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The Demon (1978)
"Kichiku" (original title)

 -  Drama | Mystery  -  22 June 1979 (USA)
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When Sokichi stops providing his long-time lover Kikuyo enough money to pay for the care of their three young children, Kikuyo leaves the children with Sokichi - and his very surprised and angry wife Oume - and disappears.

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Oume, Sokichi's wife
Ken Ogata ...
Sôkichi Takeshita
Hiroki Iwase ...
Riichi, Sôkichi and Kikuyo's first son
Miyuki Yoshizawa ...
Yoshiko
Jun Ishii ...
Shôichi
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eimei Esumi
Jun Hamamura ...
Welfare official
Yoshie Hinoki
Yukio Horikita
Takanobu Hozumi ...
Mizuguchi
Tokuo Ichimaru
Hirokazu Inoue
Hirokazu Ishii
Jun Kajima
Keizô Kanie ...
Akutsu, Sôkichi's colleague
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When Sokichi stops providing his long-time lover Kikuyo enough money to pay for the care of their three young children, Kikuyo leaves the children with Sokichi - and his very surprised and angry wife Oume - and disappears.

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A title that works on many levels
8 December 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"The Demon" is a stark, deeply-felt film relatively unknown in the West and one that often flows and feels like Ingmar Bergman directing a quintessentially Japanese story. The customary strains and strictures of modern Japanese life backstop the viewer, and if one single character functions as the title, which character that is requires active collaboration from the viewer. I was concerned the story arc might wax soap-operatic, but it doesn't. "The Demon" is sensitively- directed, and its characters defy pigeonholing. The iconic imagery of the baffled, buffeted, confused children stuns. "The Demon" belongs in the pantheon of really great movies about family pathology like Lanthimos's "Dogtooth" and Bergman's "Cries and Whispers." The Criterion Collection release is a crackerjack edition.


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