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Kanashimi no beradonna ()


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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... See more »

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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

Directed by

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Eiichi Yamamoto

Written by

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Yoshiyuki Fukuda ... (writer)
 
Jules Michelet ... (novel "La sorcière")
 
Eiichi Yamamoto ... (writer)

Produced by

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Osamu Tezuka ... producer

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Masahiko Satô

Cinematography by

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Shigeru Yamazaki

Production Design by

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Kuni Fukai

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Gisaburô Sugii ... animator

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Yû Aku ... songs: lyrics by
Asei Kobayashi ... songs: lyrics by
Mayumi Tachibana ... songs

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Plot Summary

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
  • Kanashimi no Belladonna (Japan)
  • The Tragedy of Belladonna (World-wide, English title)
  • Belladonna of Sadness (World-wide, English title)
  • La Belladone de la tristesse (France)
  • Belladonna (France)
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  • 86 min
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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 »
Soundtracks Belladonna of Sadness 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 »
Quotes Jeanne: Your Ladyship, have pity!
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