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The Demon

1978 1h 50m Drama List
Reviews 96% Audience Score 50+ Ratings A woman (Mayumi Ogawa) pays a visit to her former lover's (Ken Ogata) house and leaves their three children in the care of his shocked wife (Shima Iwashita). Read More Read Less

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Jake Euker Filmcritic.com a reminder that there's a whole world of film out there to discover, no matter how deeply invested you already are Rated: 4/5 Sep 28, 2004 Full Review Read all reviews

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Audience Member Fantastic movie. I had seen it once before and forgotten the story, enjoyed it just as much this time. A mistress confronts the father of her three children and his wife over money and things turn very bad. She ends up leaving the three children with the father and disappearing. The demon, in my opinion, is referring to the badness in all people and this movie really does make your sympathies shift until ultimately the kids are the only ones you can pity. I certainly didn't like the conniving mother, I had low sympathy for the weak father. The wife held my sympathy longest, finding out of her husbands infidelity and then being thrown into mothering the children. In the end she lost me too though. Too far. Lol. Strangely a bit of sympathy returned for the father in the end scenes, but it was fleeting too. The small daughter stuck in my mind the longest. I wonder what became of her. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/22/23 Full Review Audience Member At times this film is close to impossible to watch. It is gut-wrenching. However, it is well worth watching. A very powerful film. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/29/23 Full Review Audience Member Unbelievable film, about a weasley jerk, who has a mistress on the side and fathers 3 kids with her and then when she finds out that he is already married she just dumps the kids off with the idiot and his shrill mean wife and takes off. Not knowing what to do with the children,one by one finds solutions to his problems. Unsettling to say the least, it breaks your heart to watch these children go thru such angst, and its so hard to imagine that this would happen but it does.The issue in the case,is if he kept his dick in his pants none of this would have happened, and that its also his responsibility to love and care for children too. Sad but heartbreaking, the father should get what is coming to him, but in the end he is just another spineless man who can't put his children before his own needs. Definetly not your average melodrama. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/23/23 Full Review Audience Member A hidden gem if there ever was one, this film was a lot better than Nomura's Castle of Sand. I had no idea this film would play out like it did. Brilliant, mature work by Yoshitaro Nomura. Great performances by everyone, especially the children. Original, strange, perverse, very moving. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/14/23 Full Review Audience Member Es ist wirklich schon länger her, dass ich ein solch intensives Werk gesehen habe. Kichiku ist ein unfassbar spannender und atmosphärischer Film, der gut besetzt ist und der es vermag, den Zuschauer bis zur letzten Minute zu fesseln. Und obwohl der Film immer krasser wird, verliert er dabei nicht an Glaubwürdigkeit. Das Ganze spitzt sich immer weiter zu und endet in einem tollen Finale, das mir noch lange im Kopf herumspuken wird. Auch die Kameraführung und den gelungenen Soundtrack möchte ich positiv erwähnen. Warum der Film weitesgehend unbekannt ist, kann sich mir nicht erschließen. Kichiku ist eine echte Granate und ein ganz tolles Filmerlebnis! knappe 4/5 Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/18/23 Full Review Audience Member (***): [img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/icons/icon14.gif[/img] Not to be confused with the craptastic Cameron Mitchell film of the same name, this Japanese film deals with a father who has to rid himself of his children (because of his wife) when his mistress leaves them in his care. Good but not great and I still can't believe that this film was made in 1978. The DVD doesn't make the film look that old and the film itself doesn't seem like it even takes place in the 70's. Plus, fans of [i]Grave of the Fireflies[/i] might see some small inspirations (at least I saw some similiarities). Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/18/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis A woman (Mayumi Ogawa) pays a visit to her former lover's (Ken Ogata) house and leaves their three children in the care of his shocked wife (Shima Iwashita).
Director
Yoshitaro Nomura
Screenwriter
Masato Ide
Production Co
Shochiku
Genre
Drama
Original Language
Japanese
Runtime
1h 50m