Japan 2021

The Demon

Kichiku

A powerful account of child abuse with an extraordinary, frighteningly believable central performance.

Image from The Demon

Japan 1978
Dir Yoshitarô Nomura
With Ken Ogata, Shima Iwashita, Mayumi Ogawa, Hiroki Iwase
110min
35mm
English subtitles

Known for his stylish thrillers, director Yoshitarô Nomura here turns his hand to less generic material in this powerful, discomforting and harrowing account of child abuse. Although he had initially been reluctant to accept the role, Ken Ogata gives an extraordinary central performance, which allows us to understand, if not to sympathise, with a man whose actions are frighteningly believable.

The screening on Sunday 12 December will be introduced by season co-programmer Alexander Jacoby.