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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.


Teruo Ishii




Cast overview, first billed only:
Meiko Kaji ... Akemi Tachibana
Hoki Tokuda Hoki Tokuda ... Aiko Gouda
Makoto Satô ... Tani Shouichi
Hideo Sunazuka Hideo Sunazuka ... Kantaro
Shirô Ôtsuji Shirô Ôtsuji ... Senba-tatsu
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 ... Aozora
Bumon Kahara Bumon Kahara ... Gouda
Akira Takahashi Akira Takahashi ... Tsune
Yûzô Harumi Yûzô Harumi ... Nobuo


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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Blind Woman's Curse (1970)
24 November 2015 | by mevmijaumauSee all my reviews

Teruo Ishii's film The Blind Woman's Curse (aka The Tattooed Swordswoman) is a strange mix of elements from yakuza films, bakeneko ghost films, ero-guro, fun Asiansploitation trashiness and it even has a visual style reminiscent of Dario Argento at turns. The gorgeous Meiko Kaji (this is the first film she acted in under that name) is obviously the main selling point here, although she doesn't have as much runtime as in her later films.

The plot of this film is almost an inconsistent mess, mixing yakuza turf wars, a ghastly black cat able to fly at low altitudes, expressionistic set design, circus elements (with a performance by Butoh dancer Tatsumi Hijikata, who also appeared in Ishii's Horrors of Malformed Men), some boobage and copious amounts of blood (especially for a film from 1970). The villains' headquarters are pretty wild, with plenty of slide screens and mirrors, booby traps and so on.

While this film is very entertaining, it suffers from bad editing and sometimes unconvincing special effects, especially if we're talking about the aforementioned cat. The dialogues could be better and there are some really lousy performances, not to mention the bad ending (even though it was cool how the two fighters just produce the swirling-cloud backdrop out of nowhere and decide to fight on that location as if it were a Mortal Kombat game). There are a few songs sung by Meiko Kaji, but they're not as memorable as the ones in Lady Snowblood. Overall it's a fun film, but there's not much to it besides that. Really cool poster, though.

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6 August 1971 (USA) See more »

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Dainichi-Eihai, Nikkatsu See more »
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2.35 : 1
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