Teruo Ishii, Japan, 1970, Arrow Films, Cult

“If you’ve ever given a cat some catnip you know they absolutely love it. They start rolling around, rubbing their face into anything and everything. At that moment in time, when they’re hopped up, nothing makes sense to them and it doesn’t matter because everything is perfect. Whatever feeling that is that cats experience, that’s what watching BLIND WOMAN’S CURSE feels like.” -- Chris Coffel, Bloody Disgusting

From Teruo “The King of Cult” Ishii, BLIND WOMAN’S CURSE is a thrilling yakuza film featuring eye-popping visuals, sensational fight sequences and the gorgeous Meiko Kaji (LADY SNOWBLOOD, STRAY CAT ROCK) in her first major role.

Akemi (Kaji) is a tattooed leader of the Tachibana Yakuza clan. In a duel with a rival gang Akemi slashes the eyes of an opponent and a black cat appears, to lap the blood from the gushing wound. The cat along with the eye-victim pursue Akemi’s gang in revenge, leaving a trail of dead yakuza girls, their dragon tattoos skinned from their bodies.

A bizarre blend of the female yakuza film and traditional Japanese ghost story with a strong dash of grotesque erotica, BLIND WOMAN’S CURSE is a delirious mash-up of classic genre tropes -- of which Ishii was no stranger, having directed everything from Super Giant films to biker movies!

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  • 85 mins
  • Color
  • 2.35:1


  • DCP