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Sex and Fury (1973)
"Furyô anego den: Inoshika Ochô" (original title)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Drama  |  17 February 1973 (Japan)
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During the Meiji era, a gambler called Ocho takes revenge on three gangsters who killed her father, shelters a wanted anarchist and confronts a British spy.

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Omiya
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Okinu
Naomi Oka ...
Okoi
Rena Ichinose ...
Osayo Igirisu
Hachirô Oka ...
Kanichi
Shin'ichirô Hayashi ...
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Rie Saotome ...
Yuki
Jun Midorikawa ...
Shinobu
Yôko Mihara ...
Yaeji
Tadashi Naruse ...
Shunosuke (as Masataka Naruse)
Takashi Shirai ...
Oota
Tsuyoshi Arita ...
Miyashita
Yuzuru Moritani ...
Igarashi
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Reiko Ike stars as Ocho, a gambler and pickpocket in Meiji Era Tokyo. After sheltering a fleeing anarchist, Ocho runs into the three gangsters responsible for her father's murder, and runs afoul of various yakuza who want her dead. A European spy, played by Christina Lindberg, arrives on the scene and complicates matters. Written by rabbit541

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Fantastic Pinky Violence
14 May 2008 | by (Salzburg, Austria) – See all my reviews

"Furyô anego den: Inoshika Ochô" aka. "Sex And Fury" of 1973 is a great example for "Pinky Violence", the Japanese exploitation sub-genre often featuring hot female assassins, and always featuring lots of sleaze and violence. One of Japan's greatest exploitation goddesses, the ravishing Reiko Ike, stars in the role of Ochô, a sexy gambling-lady, thief and swords-woman who is out for bloody revenge. I don't want to give too much of the storyline away, but I can assure that "Sex And Fury" is an absolute priority for lovers of Japanese cult-cinema. The film has several resemblances to Toshiya Fujita's exploitation-masterpiece "Shurayukihime" (aka. "Lady Snowblood", 1973) starring the great Meiko Kaji, and while both films are blood-soaked and immensely stylish, this one is incomparably sleazier. As it is the case with "Lady Snowblood" this is often cited as an inspiration for Tarantino's (great) "Kill Bill". And it is indeed true that "Sex And Fury" clearly inspired the film. While I enjoyed "Kill Bill" immensely, however, I don't think that films like "Lady Snowblood" (the main inspiration) and "Sex And Fury" need this attribute. If I was considered, every "Kill Bill"-DVD-cover would say "Inspired by Japanese Exploitation Classics such as 'Lady Snowblood' and 'Sex And Fury'" instead (I am well aware that this is not how things work out, however).

As mentioned above, the stunningly beautiful Reiko Ike is both incredibly sexy and super-cool in the leading role of the seductive and lethal lady Ochô, who often fights bare-breasted (or completely nude), exposing her very presentable tattoos. European sex-star Christina Lindberg stars as a young Western agent. Many might disagree with me here, but Lindberg and the cheesy love story her character is involved in, were pretty much the only elements I didn't like about this film. Lindberg is a beauty, but her voice is annoying as hell and made me understand why her character in "Thriller: En Grym Film" was mute. The supporting cast includes several regulars of Japanese exploitation cinema, such as Yôko Mihara, who often played female bully characters in films such as "Joshuu 701-gô: Sasori" (aka. "Female Prisoner #701: Scorpion", the first of the brilliant Sasori films starring Meiko Kaji), and "Zero Woman Red Handcuffs" (1974). Without spoiling anything of the plot, it is secure to say that "Sex And Fury" combines all the elements admirers of 70s exploitation made in Nippon should appreciate: merciless revenge, tons of stylish and ultra-bloody carnage, lots of sleaze and female nudity, constant action and great camera work, a funky soundtrack, fantastic style in all aspects and a vengeful and ravishing heroine played by none other than the great Reiko Ike! In short: Pure Japanese exploitation greatness, and an absolute must-see for all my fellow Cult-cinema-enthusiasts!


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