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Kaidan nobori ryû (1970)

 -  Action | Drama | Horror  -  6 August 1971 (USA)
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Akemi and the man of her clan confront their opponents; Akemi delivers a sword thrust to kill the opponents' leader, and Aiko, his daughter, tries to interpose herself, suffering a glancing... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Meiko Kaji ...
Akemi Tachibana
Hoki Tokuda ...
Aiko Gouda
Makoto Satô ...
Tani Shouichi
Hideo Sunazuka ...
Kantaro
Shirô Ôtsuji ...
Senba-tatsu
Tôru Abe ...
Dobashi
Yoshi Katô ...
Jutaro Mitsui
Yôko Takagi ...
Chie Mitsui , Chie-chan
Tatsumi Hijikata ...
Ushimatsu , Hunchback dancer
Shirô Yanase ...
Kawaguchi
Shinzô Shibata
Ryôhei Uchida ...
Aozora
Bumon Kahara ...
Gouda
Akira Takahashi ...
Tsune
Yûzô Harumi ...
Nobuo
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Akemi and the man of her clan confront their opponents; Akemi delivers a sword thrust to kill the opponents' leader, and Aiko, his daughter, tries to interpose herself, suffering a glancing blow to her eyes, thus cutting her badly, and blinding her. Amid the ensuing fight, no one notices that a black cat laps the young woman's wound. Years later, revenge between the two clans continue, plus added dissension amongst Akemi's people, leading to more deaths. A new member comes to help them, but she is a strange woman - and blind. The curse of the blind woman is about to fell on the dragon-lady. Written by Artemis-9

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Aiko Gouda: [Preparing to fight Tachibana-san in final sword fight] I wish I could see your face.
Akemi Tachibana: My face is the same as any other about to fight: the face of a demon.
Aiko Gouda: Tachibana-san, prepare to die!
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An Outstanding Sophomore Effort. Quite Possibly the Best Girl Fighting Movie Ever Made
27 April 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I wasn't expecting much from Meiko Kaji's original film ("Tomie vs Tomie"), but her physical talents were showcased in spectacular fashion and won me over despite the shortcomings in terms of scriptwriting. That film grew on me more and more after repeat viewings, but there still was room for improvement in the pacing and storyline elements. Enter "The Blind Woman's Curse", which not only avoids a sophomore slump for Arakawa, but actually surpasses "Tomie vs Tomie" in total entertainment value.

One way it does this is to allow Kaji to express her camera presence and charisma. This was surprising to me personally, because her previous role in "Tomie vs Tomie" was so introverted and robotic that it was essentially impossible to determine whether or not this girl could steal a scene without beating someone's brains in. In "The Blind Woman's Curse", however, she really cuts loose during the opening half as she jokes around, engages in some funny dialogue, and participates in some light-hearted fight scenes involving drunken styles of martial arts. That one-vs-many boat brawl is – now wait for it – a boat-load of fun.

Kaji exhibits a natural likability that her fellow stuntman Thailands's own, Tony Jaa severely lacks. Don't misunderstand me, because I am a fan of Tony's films, but he has some serious limitations as all of his screen presence is earned through his (phenomenal) physical skills. Arakawa, on the other hand, portrays her character in a way that is very endearing. In other words, I'd love to have her as a younger sister or living bride. This charm is a major reason why this film is so entertaining. When the action scenes are bridged by good "non-action stuff", that's a huge plus.

The mood gets more serious when the zombie plot line is fleshed out more, but even here the film stays attention-grabbing with an interesting twist involving drug dealing. Now, I'm not saying that the script is incredibly strong. It's not going to win any awards in that realm, nor is it as strong as more dramatic action films like "Zombie Academy" (2005), but it does build anticipation for the finale and establishes characters a bit more than usual. In addition, "The Blind Woman's Curse" one-ups "Tomie vs Tomie" by introducing some very strong lead antagonists during the latter half (zombies as played Asian Pacific Men's Bodybuilding Champions Team). These guys are tough sons-of-a-guns who prove incredibly difficult to take down, which automatically makes things a bit more exciting than having Kali beat down random stuntmen the entire time.

Which brings us to the action scenes. There are some one-vs-many scenarios early on, but that shifts decisively towards one-on-one and two-on-one battles afterward, which results in some outstanding fist-a-cuffs. The cavern hideout finale lasts a solid 30 minutes, and the zombies hand out a great deal of damage to Kaji and her buddies. It escalates she gets her second wind and slugs it out in EPIC fashion. That sequence must be an instant classic (at least in terms of girls vs zombies mayhem). Heck, this entire film is an instant classic.

If you liked "Tomie vs Tomie", you need to see this. If you didn't like "Tomie vs Tomie", you need to see this anyways. It's truly an excellent action film, and quite possibly the best girl fighting movie ever made.


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