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Kanashimi no Beradonna (1973)

Unrated | | Animation, Drama, Fantasy | 12 July 2016 (USA)
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An evil feudal lord rapes a village girl on her wedding night and proceeds to ruin her and her husband's lives. After she's eventually banished from her village, the girl makes a pact with the devil to gain magical ability and take revenge.

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Cast

Credited cast:
... 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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Storyline

Blessed--and at the same time cursed--with the precious but fatal gift of beauty, the young peasant, Jeanne, falls in love with the beautiful villager, Jean, in late-1800s France. However, as the village's foul feudal lord exercises the "Droit du Seigneur" or the "Right of the First Night" on the couple's wedding night, a desperate plunge to a world of disturbing hallucinations will eventually lead Jeanne to a damned Faustian bargain with the Prince of Darkness. Thirsting for power and a sweet retribution, Jeanne will gradually transform into an omnipotent and destructive vessel of seduction, as her newly-acquired powers go hand in hand with the blackest of witchcraft. Is there a limit to Jeanne's hatred? Written by Nick Riganas

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Also Known As:

Belladonna  »

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$105,841, 10 June 2016
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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Although it was released theatrically in Japan and Europe in the 1970s, and had a Japanese home video release in 2004, the 2015 restoration by Cinelicous is the first time the film has had an official release in the United States. See more »

Quotes

Jeanne: Your Ladyship, have pity!
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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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an underwhelming artsy acid trip
2 April 2018 | by See all my reviews

Many would say Belladonna of Sadness is unique and a masterful work of art. Although they're not wrong about it being an artsy cinematic masterpiece, i'd say most of the time it's very underwhelming and unnessarily long for what it is. This film is flooded with long acidy trip-esqe visuals that only make the film boring and tasteless. It's overrated for what it's said to be.


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