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4.0 out of 5 stars A Crazy Concoction, 18 July 2008
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
5.0 out of 5 stars MEIKO THE GREAT, 18 Aug 2008
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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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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a playful approach to style and imagery make Blind Woman's curse a whole load of fun, 6 April 2014
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Rob Simpson "noframeof" (Middlesbrough, England) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Blind Woman's Curse [Dual Format DVD & Blu-ray ] (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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