GenreDrama, Mystery ScreenplayMasato Ide LanguageJapanese
WriterMasato Ide, Seicho Matsumoto Release dateOctober 7, 1978 (Japan)
June 22, 1979 (USA) CastShima 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 moviesKen Ogata appears in The Demon and House on Fire
TaglineThey'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 (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
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.