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Blind Woman's Curse (1970)

Hîchirimen bâkuto - Nôbarydu takahadâ (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Crime, Horror | 6 August 1971 (USA)
The head of a yakuza gang is being trailed by a mysterious, vengeful blind woman.

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Teruo Ishii
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Meiko Kaji ... Akemi Tachibana
Hoki Tokuda Hoki Tokuda ... Aiko Gouda
Makoto Satô Makoto Satô ... Tani Shouichi
Hideo Sunazuka Hideo Sunazuka ... Kantaro
Shirô Ôtsuji Shirô Ôtsuji ... Senba-tatsu
Tôru Abe Tôru Abe ... Dobashi
Yoshi Katô Yoshi Katô ... Jutaro Mitsui
Yôko Takagi Yôko Takagi ... Chie Mitsui , Chie-chan
Tatsumi Hijikata Tatsumi Hijikata ... Ushimatsu , Hunchback dancer
Shirô Yanase Shirô Yanase ... Kawaguchi
Shinzô Shibata Shinzô Shibata
Ryôhei Uchida Ryôhei Uchida ... Aozora
Bumon Kahara Bumon Kahara ... Gouda
Akira Takahashi Akira Takahashi ... Tsune
Yûzô Harumi Yûzô Harumi ... Nobuo
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Storyline

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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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

6 August 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Blind Woman's Curse See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Fujicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Quotes

Akemi Tachibana: Tatsu, You're too filthy even for the Yakuza.
Senba-tatsu: Thanks and you're too pretty. Go home and scrub the floor.
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Intriguing mix of styles and moods
13 August 2006 | by simon_boothSee all my reviews

Meiko Kaji spends 3 years in jail for avenging her Yakuza father, and on her release she inherits the leadership of the Tachibana gang. They're quite a nice bunch, for Yakuza, but a nasty rival gang are bent on taking over their territory. As if that wasn't bad enough, she appears to be under the curse of a black cat that got a taste of her victim's blood...

The film takes a broadly familiar period-Yakuza story and mixes it up with elements of horror and... strangeness, making for an intriguing cocktail of styles, moods and ideas. Teruo Ishii was one of the premier visual stylists of the Japanese exploitation wave, and this film shares the style even though it's relatively light on the exploitation. The plot is straightforward but the details make it interesting, and having Meiko Kaji as the lead actress certainly helps there too.

Good stuff!


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