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Yasha-ga-ike (1979)

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 ... See full summary »

Director:

Masahiro Shinoda

Writers:

Kyoka Izumi (play), Haruhiko Mimura | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tamasaburô Bandô Tamasaburô Bandô ... Yuri / Princess Shirayuki (as Tamasaburo Bando)
Gô Katô Gô Katô ... Akira Hagiwara
Tsutomu Yamazaki ... Gaukuen Yamazaki
Kôji Nanbara Kôji Nanbara ... Priest Shikami
Yatsuko Tan'ami Yatsuko Tan'ami ... Nurse
Hisashi Igawa ... The Carp
Norihei Miki ... Catfish Messenger
Juro Kara Juro Kara ... Denkichi
Ryûnosuke Kaneda ... Diet Member
Fujio Tokita Fujio Tokita ... The Crab
Jun Hamamura ... The Shadow / Yatabei, the Bellkeeper
Megumi Ishii Megumi Ishii ... The Camellia
Tadashi Furuta Tadashi Furuta ... The Mackerel
Kazuo Satô Kazuo Satô ... Tiger Priest
Kai Atô 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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Genres:

Romance | Fantasy

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

20 October 1979 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Demon Pond See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color
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One of my favorite films of all time, along with Cocteau's Orphee.

I am on a quest to find American distribution of the Japanese film, Yasha-ga-ike (1979) Demon Pond, by Director, Masahiro Shinoda.

Summary: It is an extraordinary and beautiful cinematic experience. It was artistically, emotionally, and imaginatively powerful. I was drawn into the film, like the main character is drawn into the magical realm of the "Lady of the Lake." It is a transcendent adventure story and romance, that evokes the relationship between humans and the natural world, and everyday life and the life of the imagination. I was transformed by the magic of the film.

I rate it as one of my favorite films of all time, along with Cocteau's Orphee.

I saw the film in the 1980's,in the Toyo Theater (a Japanese Theater) in Seattle. The Toyo Theater no longer exists. I have looked a number of times, but I can't find the film anywhere. I know that it played in Seattle again at an Art Museum in the 1990's, but I wasn't able to see it then.

I would also like to show Yasha-ga-ike to students, and perhaps combine it with Ugitsu, or Orphee.

I would love to see the film again. Does anyone know where or how to find it in America?


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