Demons ★★★

"A tough sit," as they say, and I've got almost nothing. First act's a long con performed on a samurai — something that only becomes obvious gradually, to us and Genko (Katsuo Nakumara). Dramatically very overheated and demonstrative in the usual samurai movie manner, and presumably there's a wealth of political disillusion and subtext in its portrait of a madman performing one-man mass extermination (the protestor becoming as corrupted as the protested, or something). The violence is still effectively bloody. Mostly seems like a technical exercise in finding 100 ways to underlight and selectively shadow stage sets.