A trio of young scientists from the city head out into the
countryside to investigate a source of uranium at the base of a
sacred mountain. On their way, they carelessly destroy a roadside
shrine and run over and kill a dog belonging to a local boy. The boy
puts a curse on them and tries to disrupt the wedding when a local
girl, Reiko, marries one of the trio.
Back in the city, the newlyweds are subjected to a string of
increasingly disturbing and inexplicable happenings and Reiko slowly
goes insane, convinced that her husband has been cursed and that she
has been possessed by the spirit of the Dog God.
An attempt to exorcise her ends in tragedy when she dies
during the ceremony. One of the trio of scientists throws himself
off a skyscraper and a second member of the group is fatally
attacked by a pack of feral dogs. But these terrible events are only
the start of the Curse of the Dog God...
Written and directed by Shunya Ito, director of the the first
three of the Female Prisoner Scorpion series of women-in-prison
films, Curse of the Dog God was one of the earliest Japanese films,
in the wake of the Exorcist and The Omen, to tackle occult themes.
Packed full of bizarre and shocking events, it’s a film ripe for
rediscovery. This Blu-ray premier features a host of exclusive
extras, including a rare interview with director Shunya Ito.
-Brand new 2k transfer from film
director Shunya Ito
-Interview with Koji Shiraishi
commentary from Marc Walkow and Chris Poggiali
-Sleeve features new artwork by Justin Coffee
"When I say I want a good,
70s-era Japanese exploitation film, this is exactly what I have in
mind. Lurid, shocking, creepy, a bit supernatural with the edge of
“man is the real evil” — and best of all, a lucid plot line." Maddy
Flowers Sheehy, Letterboxd
"Lots of superlatives here, but
this is a great movie - one of the best Japanese movies I've seen in
long while." Ninja Dixon
"There’s a lot going on here, packed
to the sprocket holes with wild and crazy stuff that will leave most
non-Japanese viewers (and who knows, maybe a few Japanese too)
scratching their heads. Kevin Lyons