Gods and monsters bedevil mortals in this supernatural period drama set in 10th-century Japan. Amidst struggles for the throne, the capital of Japan is moved to Heian-kyo ("city of peace and tranquility"), later Kyoto, and the Mikado (Ittoku Kishibe) the emperor relocates his court accordingly. But he finds neither peace nor tranquility: His wives and nobles seethe with discontent and his infant son the new heir apparent falls under a powerful curse that turns him into a pustulent horror. The Mikado turns first to Doson (Hiroyuki Sanada), his senior in-house onmyoji
a combination astrologer, necromancer and all-around advisor ...