Nami, a young woman, is released from the prison after serving 3 years for killing a man. She becomes a hostess to support a sick woman thanks to whom she was released before her term. ... See full summary »
Nami(played by Meiko Kaji) returns to Tokyo to find the man who killed her father 13 years ago. On the way she saves a young woman named Hanae who's father had sold her for prostitution. ... See full summary »
Matsu, known to the prisoners as Scorpion, is locked away in the bowels of the prison as revenge for disrupting the smooth operation of the prison and for her disfiguring attack on the ... See full summary »
After escaping from an insane asylum, a young medical student takes on the ide4ntity of a dead man to discover the true identity of a man whose picture he saw in a newspaper--who is his ... See full summary »
Mako and her girl friends enter a dispute with rival street gangsters The Eagles, a band of racist macho pigs led by the evil Baron, who hate half-breeds (descendents of afro-American and ... See full summary »
After being cruelly set up and deceived by Sugimi (Natsuyagi Isao), a conniving and crooked detective she had whole-heartedly fallen in love with (and subsequently lost her virginity to...)... See full summary »
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 »
Repeatedly beat to a pulp by gamblers, cops, and gangsters, lone wolf Shoji Yamanaka (Kinya Kitaoji) finally finds a home as a Muraoka family hit man and falls in love with boss Muraoka's ... See full synopsis »
Fans of the wonderful Meiko Kaji will not even recognize her as an emotional prostitute who is in love with a penniless merchant. Most fans know Kaji as the quiet, brooding female assassin from the Lady Snowblood series, or the Female Scorpion films. There she barely uttered a word. In this film, she is a delicate, idealistic woman who actually vocalizes her emotions! Kaji really does have range as an actress, and fans of hers should see "Double Suicide of Sonezaki. But some might be disappointed at how melodramatic it is, or with the lack of nudity or eroticism, as director Yasuzo Masumura is known for. Fans of his work such as "Blind Beast" might be dismayed to see that none of the exploitative qualities of those pink films is evident here. It is certainly pretty to look at, however, with a special attention to bright colors..especially of the kaleidescope patterns of the prostitute's kimonos. they are almost hallucinogenic in their colorful splendor. The prostitutes look like exotic flowers! And Meiko Kaji is very beautiful in this film as well. it's hard to take your eyes off her, as another reviewer commented. Filmed with a purposely overly melodramatic style, it feels like theater. and it works for this production. The two lovers are willing to sacrifice anything to be together; even their very lives. This is similar to Oshima's "In the Realm of the Senses" in that way, however the bond of these lovers is not based on animalistic sexuality, but on a more spiritual, and idealized love. Picture "Romeo & Juliet," with Samurai swords and kimonos. Judging by the look of the production, and the aspect ratio it was filmed in, I would guess it was filmed for Japanese television. Worth a look, but you might have to go out of your way to find this obscure film..it's obscure for a reason. It is very Eastern in it's style. Recommended to those looking for something different, and who want to see the iconic Kaji Meiko in a very different kind of role.
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