Teruo Ishii, Japan, 1970, Arrow Films, Cult

“Equal parts classic yakuza drama and psychedelic gore flick.”
-- mpberdan, LETTERBOXD

From Teruo Ishii, BLIND WOMAN’S CURSE is a thrilling yakuza film featuring eye-popping visuals, sensational fight sequences and the iconic Meiko Kaji (LADY SNOWBLOOD) 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. 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