Synopsis by Clarke Fountain
Satori is the name of the demon in this Japanese film. Ironically, it's name sounds the same as the word used for enlightenment experiences in the Zen tradition. Even more ironically, the demon strikes at people who are in a state devoid of thought or feeling. This is ironic because many people mistakenly believe that such a state is the goal of Zen practice. In the story, a psychotherapist suffers from the onslaughts of the demon, and its influence spreads from him to a couple who grow increasingly uninhibited. The demon's influence spreads until it encompasses even the covert fascist organizations believed to exist in '70s Japan. This also is ironic because in Japan, Zen Buddhism is practiced only by a small, often aristocratic minority: some left-wing Japanese assume that many of its practitioners are fascists.