(aka 'The Demon" or "Kichiku')

directed by Yoshitaro Nomura
Japan 1978

 

  Famed director Yoshitaro Nomura (Castle of Sand, The Incident) and bestselling Japanese mystery author Seicho Matsumoto combine forces on The Demon (Kichiku), a chilling and complex tale of betrayal and murder. A strange relationship develops between a man, his wife, and his mistress, and a young boy becomes the pawn in a dangerous game of passion and intrigue that ends in a shocking climax. Photographed in sumptuous color, The Demon will keep the most avid mystery buff guessing as it weaves an unforgettable tale of greed, lust, and obsession.

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I found this very disturbing, bordering on shocking, but I also had a very high level of anticipation that could easily be interpreted as suspense. I wouldn't consider this a "mystery" at all, but rather a very realistic and shocking drama. I could easily see this as being a true story, one the media would latch onto and society would devour in total disgust. I was also surprised how well the director was able to illicit sympathy where there should have been none. Although I wouldn't consider this a classic I did find it unique and unforgettable. out of     

Gary W. Tooze

Theatrical Release: October 7th, 1978

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Distribution Home Vision Entertainment - Region 1 - NTSC
Runtime 1:49:20 
Video 1.78:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 4.59 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

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Audio Japanese (Dolby Digital 2.0) 
Subtitles English, None
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Studio: Home Vision Entertainment

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.78:1

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• Original theatrical trailer
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• Liner notes by Japanese film expert and author Patrick Macias

DVD Release Date: September 21st, 2004

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For a non-progressive transfer this doesn't look too bad. It's a little hazy in spots, but often a function of the background focusing that seems to be extensively used by the director (blurring objects in the foreground). Colors are good and subtitles are excellent. The 2.0 track is consistent if not dynamic and never tested. Extras are really just filler, but overall I wasn't too disappointed with the 16X9 transfer.  out of  

Gary W. Tooze

 





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