“SHINODA HAS CAPTURED THE ESSENCE OF JAPANESE CULTURE AND HERITAGE IN THE ALTERNATE WORLD OF DEMON POND .” MARTIN SCORSESE
Echizen Province, summer 1913. On his way to Kyoto, Professor Yamasawa passes through a drought-stricken village, lost in the middle of the mountains. Nearby is the Demon's Pond, a subject of superstitions among locals. Indeed, if the village bell does not ring daily, the dragon held at the bottom of the water would be released and cause a deadly flood. The arrival of Yamasawa at Akira and Yuri, the couple responsible for enforcing this immutable tradition, will soon jeopardize this balance...
Adapting a successful kabuki play written at the turn of the 20th century, filmmaker Masahiro Shinoda ( Double Suicide in Amijima , Silence ) delivers a film with assumed theatrics but abounding in visual audacity. A celebration of both traditional and modern Japanese culture, L'Étang du Démon is a bewitching work on the edge of the marvelous and the fantastic, to be discovered for the first time on Blu-ray™ and DVD in its 4K restoration.
DEMON'S POND by Masahiro Shinoda (1979 - Colors - 124 mn) Original version with French subtitles Blu-ray or DVD edition
. INTRODUCTION BY MASAHIRO SHINODA (2 mins) The filmmaker recorded this letter on the occasion of the presentation of his film at Cannes Classics in July 2021.
.AN ALWAYS PRESENT PARALLEL UNIVERSE (20 mins) “Films like Miyazaki's Princess Mononoke or even Spirited Away , these are films that have a lot of connections to Devil's Pond . One could imagine an adaptation of The Demon's Pond by Miyazaki, there would be no universe problem. An interview with Stéphane du Mesnildot, essayist, specialist in Asian cinema.
.A DELUGE OF SPECIAL EFFECTS (13 mins) “Here, auteur cinema rubs shoulders with the craftsmanship of tokusatsu , the union of two worlds in the service of a legendary work. » An analysis by Fabien Mauro, essayist and author of Kaiju, invaders & apocalypse .
. TRAILER 2021
* in HD on the Blu-ray Disc™ version
BD 50 • HIGH DEFINITION MASTER • 1080/23.98p • AVC ENCODING Original Version DTS-HD Master Audio 1.0 • French Subtitles Format 1.85 respected • Colors • Duration of the Film: 124 mn
DVD 9 •HIGH DEFINITION MASTER• PAL • MPEG-2 ENCODING Original Version Dolby Digital 1.0 • French Subtitles 1.85 format respected • 16/9 compatible 4/3 • Colors • Film length: 119 mins