The baby could not be filmed on location with the actors due to insurance regulations, so a real baby was filmed in post and matted in digitally in close-ups.
Who put you up to this?
Boy: No one!
Benkei: Then why do you attack me?
Boy: To avenge my mother... whom you raped as she was making her pilgrimage! And she bore me, to come and show you the face of damnation!
Most festival prints are missing over 40 minutes of footage. Most of the political subplots were removed.