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Demons (1971)

Shura (original title)
After being robbed by a geisha, a ronin warrior carves a bloody path to seek revenge.

Director:

Toshio Matsumoto

Writers:

Nanboku Tsuruya (play), Shûji Ishizawa (play) | 1 more credit »
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Complete credited cast:
Katsuo Nakamura ... Gengobei
Juro Kara Juro Kara ... Sangorô
Yasuko Sanjo Yasuko Sanjo ... Koman
Masao Imafuku Masao Imafuku ... Hachiemon
Kappei Matsumoto Kappei Matsumoto ... Ryôshin
Tamotsu Tamura Tamotsu Tamura ... Yasuke
Hideo Kanze Hideo Kanze ... Takubei
Shinji Amano Shinji Amano ... Inosuke
Hatsuo Yamaya Hatsuo Yamaya ... Chôhachi
Yusuke Minami Yusuke Minami ... Kankurô
Takashi Ebata Takashi Ebata ... Torazô (as Kanji Ebata)
Atsuko Kawaguchi Atsuko Kawaguchi ... Kikuno
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After being robbed by a geisha, a ronin warrior carves a bloody path to seek revenge.

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

13 January 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Demons See more »

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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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What Goes Around Comes Around
7 June 2018 | by hrkeplerSee all my reviews

'Shura' also known as 'Demons' or 'maybe even better known as 'Pandemonium' is second feature by great experimenter Toshio Matsumoto. It is one of the most experimental samurai films I have ever seen, and one of the most disturbing revenge stories. The film begins with colorful sun setting to transform into bleak black and white cinematography. After a geisha deceives a samurai and robs him together with her husband, the samurai starts the bloody and twisted path of revenge that unravels many secrets and treats the viewer with such twists that makes M. Night Shyamalan go green with jealousy. The film is cool mixture of classic samurai movies and film-noir with the tasty sauce of Matsumoto's experimental techniques. More straightforward and less surreal than the director's better known 'Funeral Parade of Roses'.


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