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Blind Woman's Curse [DVD] [1970] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Actors: Meiko Kaji, Hoki Tokuda, Makoto Satô, Hideo Sunazuka, Shirô Ôtsuji
  • Directors: Teruo Ishii
  • Writers: Teruo Ishii, Chûsei Sone
  • Producers: Hideo Koi
  • Format: Colour, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Discotek Media
  • DVD Release Date: 8 May 2007
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000NA1W9K
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 145,658 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



A bizarre potpourri of ninkyo eiga yakuza movie, bakeneko ghost film and ero- grotesquery --Midnighteye

One of the best examples of Pinky Horror --10k Bullets

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Film Fan on 18 July 2008
Format: DVD
This 1970 Japanese masterwork shows cult siren Meiko Kaji in her first starring role. She performs with conviction in what is a unique blend of yakuza and horror genres. Directed by enfents terrible Teruo Ishii , this is a strange dark creation.

Kaji stars as a young female Yakuza boss in early 20th century Japan. Her Clan is under attack from a rival group, an undercover traitor and a surreal dark carnival of freaks. Kaji believes she is cursed by a black cat, and the cat motif figures heavily in the film from start to finish. Kaji's clan have the dragon as their insignia and each member has a section of a dragon tattood on their back, when they fight they line up together to show a full dragon, which provides a stunning opening shot in the rain.

What begins as a fairly routine yakuza tale of revenge fills out into a fullblown horror. Yakuza tattoos are skinned off victim's backs, and blood is lapped up by the vengeful black cat. A blind female warrior somehow appears with her macabre hunchback servant and is pitted against the benevolent clan of Kaji. There is a history there which is gradually revealed.

This is a visually exciting picture with both the yakuza imagery of samurai swords and tattooed backs, combined with a very dark and surreal horror background. The wandering carnival of horrors is particularly unsettling. Meiko Kaji looks beautiful as ever and shows class and stature unusual for someone so young. It is obvious to see why she became one o the key stars on Japanese cinema in the 70's. Teruo Ishii is also on form and his vision is particularly complete in comparison with the choppy water of some of his other pictures. The story is outlandish, the imagery darkly beautiful. All in all this is a unique experience, even bringing in some almost slapstick comedy at times to lighten the mood.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By John R. Jones on 18 Aug 2008
Format: DVD
I think this movie is set in the 1930's,so although it's basically a yakuza [movie with a wierd sub plot],don't confuse it with 1970's gangster/yakuza.I'm a big fan of KAJI MEIKO & JAPANESE movies,which thankfully are in a 'not made for the western market'world of their own.Made in 1970,KAJI looks stunning at just 23 years of age,there are lots of unusual aspects to the movie,& the story is a bit of a mixture,horror,[supernatural theme],comedy & action.but the movie is good because it's different.If anyone likes KAJI MEIKO this is a must have,you will also see lots of actors/actresses who appear in her later movies.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Rob Simpson on 6 April 2014
Format: Blu-ray
The best samurai or yakuza pictures tend to keep matters simple, and it's because of that that they endure. Not Blind Woman's Curse. Terou Ishii's film has a go at everything: uniquely Japanese surrealism, horror, comedy, samurai and yakuza. This makes Blind Woman's Curse not only an unexpected film but also something that plays with imagery at every given opportunity. A very flashy vehicle for experimentation with traditionally Japanese genre. That splatterhouse technique is employed with characters too, too many are introduced detracting from the titular curse. There's a male lead who is intended as a opposite number to Meiko Kaji, but its never revealed who he is or why he knows a former Tachibana clan patriarch. Yet despite its confused structure, the presence of Meiko Kaji in a female Yakuza film and Ishii's playful approach to style and imagery make Blind Woman's curse a whole load of fun.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Blind Woman's Curse 24 May 2007
By Clinton Enlow - Published on
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Sure I love serious Japanese films like Seven Samurai, but sometimes its cool to sit back and watch an over the top yakuza horror gorefest like Blind Woman's Curse. It doesn't pander to any certain crowd with pretensions, features over the top action, blood, female yakuza, a freakshow with loads of naked women screaming children and an old guy who seems to be cooking human remains all on the outside of the show and the clencher in a retarded hunchback that likes to skin people just for their dragon tatoos. Yeah thats prime entertainment to me.

Curse is the story of Tachibana Akemi, the young heir apparent of the Tachibana gang slowly coming to fight the Aozora family. The film begins with a showdown between Akemi and a certain group, in which she accidentally blinds the titular blind woman. From then on She feels cursed, a trait she fears is spreading to all of those around her. She comes back to her family unwilling to fight the Aozora group who attack the Tachibana group with a little help from a turncoat spy Tatsu who wants to bed Chie Chan the daughter of a former Tachibana member who now runs a restaraunt. Into this conflict comes the blind woman a performer who's overcome her disability seeking revenge for her disfigurement at Akemi's hands. Everythings convoluted to the Nth degree in this story and I'm sure I'm leaving something out somewhere in that plot description.

Just everything in here entertains from the decent to the over the top acting. After this film and the two Lady Snowblood films Meiko Kaji shows why she was one of the top female actresses of the seventies having a hard beauty that adds to her performance. And the over the top art direction and photography just adds to the sweetness on the icing of this cake. This film isn't great art, but that doesn't keep it from being something more, great entertainment something not even the most serious of films today can achieve.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
A True Meaning Of Blind Vengeance 4 Jun 2007
By Henry West - Published on
Format: DVD
Blind Woman's Curse ia a film directed by the man who directed Female Yakuza Tale and stars Meiko Kaji(from the Lady Snowblood flims)as a ruthless Yakuza ladyboss who, while in a swordfight with rival yakuza clans, mistakenly blinds a Japanese noblewoman with her katana blade, filled with anger and hatred, the blind woman, along with her Quasimodo-type henchman, begins her search for the woman who maimed her. The film has all the unique formulas of a classic 1970's Pinky violence film, cold-blooded swordswomen, Japanese mafia bosses, and pure horror that would make Roger Corman be proud. Blind Woman's Curse has proven that not all Japanese women are docile and friendly. :)
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A different kind of movie. 9 April 2013
By moviedude - Published on
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A good watchable movie, that has a convoluted mismash of a plot line. First of the Yakuza-horror films.

The plot has already been describded so I won't repeat it. The movie leaves some important subplots hanging, or has you asking 'why was that even in the movie'. i.e. 'gas man'.

Watch it, eat popcorn, you're done.
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Horror plus a sword-slashing hottie named Kaji Meiko 23 Jan 2009
By Justice For Humanity - Published on
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Others have already elaborated on the plot. I will tell you that this movie is entertaining. It blends elements of samurai style action with horror. It's a good entertaining film with plenty of suspense and a fine amount of action to please viewers. (This is assuming that your attention span is longer than 1 minute.)

Meiko Kaji is of course the main character. What's interesting is that a track is played at a point during the movie and you can tell that it's Ms. Kaji Meiko lending her vocal talents to that song.

Quite an enjoy flick. Check it out!
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Great 9 Jan 2013
By Michael D. King - Published on
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Great performances all around and it really makes you appreciate Meiko Kaji's work as an actress. If you're not familiar with her, give it a shot.
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