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Kanashimi no Beradonna (1973)

Unrated | | Animation, Drama, Fantasy | 12 July 2016 (USA)
After being banished from her village, a peasant woman makes a pact with the devil to gain magical ability.

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Devil
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Katsuyuki Itô ...
Jean (as Katsutaka Ito)
Aiko Nagayama ...
Jeanne / Belladonna
Shigako Shimegi ...
The Lord's Mistress
Masaya Takahashi ...
The Lord
Natsuka Yashiro ...
The Witch
Masakane Yonekura ...
The Priest
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After being banished from her village, a peasant woman makes a pact with the devil to gain magical ability.

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Belladonna  »

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$105,841, 10 June 2016
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Trivia

Third film in Osamu Tezuka and Eiichi Yamamato's Animerama trilogy, following A Thousand and One Nights (1969) and Cleopatra (1970). It is the only one of the trilogy not to be co-directed by Tezuka, who left Mushi Production shortly after the initial story treatment was written. Tezuka is uncredited on the film. See more »

Crazy Credits

There are no ending credits or a 'THE END' title; all the credits are at the beginning. The opening theme is reprized over a blank screen after the final scene. The 2015 restoration adds a copyright byline and credits for the restoration. See more »

Soundtracks

Belladonna of Sadness
Music by Asei Kobayashi; Arrangement by Makoto Kawaguchi
Lyrics by Yû Aku
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Drawing a line (and then some)
1 June 2017 | by See all my reviews

As another reviewer stated, calling this an Anime would probably set false expectations to this movie. Calling it an art animated film on the other hand is exactly the right description for it. And it is visually stunning and more often than not irritating. It may be telling a story, but it also messed with your head optically.

This is very adult, but not in the way some may think. Or not as explicit as some may think this would be. This is clearly about sexuality, about discovering oneself, about boundaries, about liberation of ones own sexual nature and freedom, especially from a woman's point of view. To say you have to be open minded would be an understatement ... a very big one. But if you let yourself onto this ride ... well you'll discover things I reckon ...


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