A pair of hunters encounter a ghastly demon in the woods. Escaping by severing the apparition’s arm, they make an even more grisly discovery on the journey home. Based on the 12th-century Japanese medieval legend "Konjaku-monogatari."
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Loved the design, from the flat graphic Japanese-print like atmospheres, to the traditional doll designs. The close-ups of the dolls are especially nice, as you can see the brush strokes of the paint. The Demon gets it's folklorish feel because the piece is composed entirely by traditional craft.
I saw this long ago, I was thrilled to find it so easily again. Japanese folklore is considered an absolutely amazeing subject for me & I try to read & watch all I can find. Rather then babble, if you like this you will Love the following full length films available from Janus/ Criterion. Kwadian, Onibaba, Dreams, from these many more fine Japanese Ghostly tales can be found, enjoy.
Kind of like disturbing porcelain Muppets. The emotion conveyed via eye movements and motion is surprisingly convincing, despite fixed facial expressions.
Beautiful.Stylisticly clean, subtle. Complete break from western horror film logic.
My first fandor film and it bodes well not a film I would see anywhere else excepting perhaps a festival of short films. A 12th century parable of how the elderly can consume the lives of their children.
Very much in the mode of a Noh play. Being familiar with Japanese folks tales, I am amazed by how well this renders into the traditional motifs by use of stop-motion and traditional graphics.
Very Japanese. Lots of symbolism and ritual. Not the same as regular stop motion.
I wish there were more movies like this. There probably are, but where?
loved it. strange not seeing the marionettes behind the puppets.modern technology, I guess.
Loved it...beautiful score and visuals.
The meaning behind this tale is powerful, and the horror of that human truth is done justice here, yet tampered by the beauty, and absurdity, strangeness.
Too bad it's not a feature! Love good stop motion.
ok, better without background, just puppets