In 1913, on the way to Kyoto, a teacher crosses a village plagued by drought. According to legend, the village is under a curse linked to a nearby pond: if the dragon sleeping there awakes, a flood will submerge everything.
When the director of Pale Flower and Double Suicide adapts a famous Kabuki play, he takes us into a wondrous fantasy tale doubled with a tragic love story. With his fabulous inventory of crab-men, carps, catfish, spirits and other yokai, Shinoda bewitches us with his poetic substance and his tribute to the theater. Finally shown in its restored 4k version, Demon Pond is not a film, it's a spell.
Color - 123mn - Original version with French subtitles
Production: Seikichi Iizumi, Nanji Nakagawa, Shigemi Sugisaki, Yukio Tomizawa.
Screenplay: Haruhiko Mimura, Tsutomu Tamura.
Editing: Zen Ikeda, Sachiko Yamachi.
Photography: Masao Kosugi.
Music by: Isao Tomita.
With: Tamasaburô Bandô, Gô Katô, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Kôji Nanbara, Yatsuko Tan’ami.