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While two monks are on a pilgrimage to Kumano, they seek shelter for the evening at a young woman's house. That night, as they sleep their hostess sneaks into their room and, enamored with the younger of the pair, attempts to seduce him. Desperate to escape her persistent advances, he refuses her promising to seek her out on his return; but unable to contain her burning passion, the woman chases after him. Fleeing for his life, the young monk seeks shelter from his stalker’s demonic aura in the Dojoji Temple, but can the sacred bell and other priests protect him from the insanity of his possessed admirer?
On his way to the capital, a wandering monk arrives in the small hamlet of Ikuta looking for a legendary monument known as the Seeker’s Mound. When he gets no hint to its whereabouts after asking the local women, he heads to the river, only to be approached by a mysterious solitary maiden claiming to know the place well. After leading the monk to the mound, she begins to tell him its tragic tale and that of the beautiful Maid of Unai who lays buried there...
Aside from both of these being short puppet stop-motion animations from Kihachiro Kawamoto, both of these are traditional supernatural tales based around obsessive love. If you enjoyed one, you'll likely enjoy the other.
Once upon a time a childless King and Queen were finally blessed with a beautiful daughter. However, the celebrations were cut short when a witch appeared cursing the child to die on her sixteenth birthday by the prick of a spinning wheel – at least, so the tale tells us. In reality the wicked witch was a one-legged man whose very presence struck fear into the Queen, and the magical curse was a fabrication to cover up the truth. On her fifteenth birthday, the young princess discovers her mother’s old diary and learns that the man was the Queen’s first love. Intrigued by the man her mother so adored, she decides to pay him a visit...
One night, as their elderly mother lies sick in bed reminiscing of the hardships in her life, two brothers head out into the black night to hunt deer. As they head deeper into the forest they are aware of something approaching but dismiss it as little more than the wind and continue on their way. However, as they set a trap for their prey and lay in wait, one of the hunters is captured and only released when his brother shoots the mystery attacker's arm off. Discovering that it is the arm of a demon they have acquired, the pair returns home to find the shock of their lives...
Both Oni and Dojoji are stop motion animations from Kihachiro Kawamoto, but are also tales that centre around traditional oriental demons. Though Dojoji is a more fleshed out story, if you like one, you are bound to enjoy the other.