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Reiko Ike is a great actress, who was something like her character in ...
on 19 January 2016
Ocho Inoshika witnesses her father a police detective been killed as a child. She grows up vowing revenge, all she remembers are the tattoos each killer had, a boar, a butterfly and a deer. While working in a gambling den she helps a dying man who asks her to save his sister from prostitution so she travels to Tokyo to keep her promise.
This was made in 1973 when these Pinky violence films were becoming really popular in Japan. The craze started in the late sixties with films such as Red Peony Gambler series and Okatsu the Female Demon.
I was originally drawn to this after watching the Lady Snowblood movies which were made around the same time. As both featured a revenge seeking woman who is skilled in the arts of death. Reiko Ike plays Ocho but she is far less innocent than Yuki in Lady Snowblood, she gambles, uses her body to get what she wants and strips naked in the fight sequences to distract her opponents.
Reiko Ike is a great actress, who was something like her character in real life after been arrested numerous times for drug offences before unfortunately disappearing from the public eye. She is very good in the action scenes and at times it looks as if the stuntmen can't keep up with her. Swedish actress Christina Lindberg plays a British spy who wants to get the Japanese to turn more western. However she has fallen in love with a Shinosuke a young man who wants the man she trying to convince dead.
As this is a pinky violence film we get a far bit of nudity, all from the waist up. The sex scenes come in the second half of the film but they are pretty boring and are dragged out. One has Christina Lindberg been forced to have sex with a Japanese girl before a sleazy middle aged man joins in. One of the others has Reiko Ike cover her body in poison so when her admirer kisses her he poisons himself.
Unfortunately we don't get a lot of action. Over the opening titles we get a brilliant bath/ garden fight sequence in slow motion as a naked Reiko Ike takes out some would be gangsters. Then at the end we get a Bonnie and Clyde style death for Christina and her lover and a one vs all showdown for Reiko Ike as she finally exacts her revenge.
Overall its a good film but not great that's aided by a cool sounding theme tune.
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