Legends of the Poisonous Seductress
1- Female Demon Ohyaku
2- Quick draw Okatsu
3- Okatsu the Fugitive
This is an interesting series of three films from the late 1960's, during the beginning of the "Pinky Violence" period of Japanese films. Similar themed films in the U.S, would be called "sexploitation" movies. Film studios during the 1960's and 70's had to compete with TV. This was true both in the U.S. and in Japan. Studios began making pictures with erotic/grotesque elements (ero-guro). Adults themes and bloody violence was the order of the day. TV standards kept it out of the home, but for the price of a ticket you could see subject matter never made available before. These films were also known as "bad girls" movies with the story taking place during the Meiji era or as a yakuza tale in modern times. The plight of the heroine was nearly always the same. A woman wrongly accused, cursed from birth or ravaged and witnessing the murder of her kin. A common thing said by the woman is "I will have my vengeance even if I need to become a demon". Even though this trilogy of films are known as the Legends of the Poisonous Seductress, the only things they have in common are the female lead actress and the above description of what happens to her character. She plays persons with the same name in the second and third films, but they are not the same character. They are all stand alone stories. Seemingly old-fashioned by today's standards, these films were cutting edge in their time. There were many movies made for this genre depicting female gamblers, girl gang bosses, noble women turned assassin and the like.
These films (as well as the Lady Snowblood movies) have good cinematography with lavish sets and costumes, unlike more modern films of ninjas and assassins that seem to be almost all shot in the woods. Expect lots of blood, sword fights, top knots, government official corruption, PG rated rape scenes, torture scenes and a least one knock down drag out in a brothel per film. I recommend these movies for anyone who is interested in Japan or Japanese cinema depiction of the feudal era.
Edited by Hobby Ninja (04/19/11 07:37 PM)
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