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The Demon (1978 film)

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Director  Yoshitaro Nomura
Music director  Yasushi Akutagawa
Country  Japan
7.5/10 IMDb

Genre  Drama, Mystery
Screenplay  Masato Ide
Language  Japanese
The Demon (1978 film) movie poster
Writer  Masato Ide, Seicho Matsumoto
Release date  October 7, 1978 (Japan) June 22, 1979 (USA)
Cast  Shima Iwashita (Oume, Sokichi's wife), Ken Ogata (Sokichi Takeshita), Mayumi Ogawa (Kikuyo, Sokichi's lover), Hiroki Iwase (Riichi, Sokichi and Kikuyo's 1st son)
Similar movies  Ken Ogata appears in The Demon and House on Fire
Tagline  They'd be bettter off with strangers.

A woman (Mayumi Ogawa) pays a visit to her former lovers (Ken Ogata) house and leaves their three children in the care of his shocked wife (Shima Iwashita).


The Demon (1978 film) movie scenes The beginning of The Demon is at hand and one of the most disturbing movies I ve seen in a while will take its turn

The Demon (Kichiku) is a 1978 Japanese psychological drama directed by Yoshitaro Nomura and written by Masato Ide, based on the novel by Seicho Matsumoto.

When Sokichi stops providing his long-time lover Kikuyo enough money to pay for the care of their three young children, Kikuyo leaves the children with Sokichi - and his very surprised and angry wife Oume - and disappears.


Consumed by the jealousy and power struggles of their own relationships, a man, his mistress and his wife involve three children in their own games-with tragic results. After Sokichi stops providing his mistress with monetary support, she leaves her three children with him, whom she insists are also his, and disappears. Sokichi is bewildered and his wife is livid so with regard only for their own discomfort, they go about remedying their situation.


  • Ken Ogata as Sokichi Takeshita
  • Shima Iwashita as Oume, Sokichis wife
  • Mayumi Ogawa as Kikuyo, Sokichis lover
  • Hiroki Iwase as Riichi, Sokichi and Kikuyos 1st son
  • Similar Movies

    Ken Ogata appears in The Demon and House on Fire. Shima Iwashita appears in The Demon and An Autumn Afternoon. Shima Iwashita and Yoshi Kato appear in The Demon and Double Suicide. Seicho Matsumoto wrote the story for The Demon and Zero Focus. Ken Ogata and Mayumi Ogawa appear in The Demon and Vengeance Is Mine.


  • 1979 Awards of the Japanese Academy
  • Won
  • Best Actor - Ken Ogata
  • Best Director - Yoshitaro Nomura
  • Nominated
  • Best Film
  • Best Music Score - Yasushi Akutagawa
  • Best Screenplay - Masato Ide
  • 1979 Blue Ribbon Awards
  • Best Actor - Ken Ogata
  • Best Director - Yoshitaro Nomura
  • 1978 Hochi Film Awards
  • Best Actor - Ken Ogata
  • 1979 Kinema Junpo Awards
  • Best Actor - Ken Ogata
  • 1979 Mainichi Film Concours
  • Best Actor - Ken Ogata
  • Best Art Direction - Kyohei Morita
  • Best Cinematography - Takashi Kawamata
  • References

    The Demon (1978 film) Wikipedia
    The Demon (1978 film) IMDbThe Demon (1978 film)

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