Tag Archives: Meiko Kaji

Toshiya Fujita – Nora-neko rokku: Bôsô shûdan ’71 AKA Stray Cat Rock: Beat ’71 [+Extras] (1971)

A wealthy man frames his son’s girlfriend (Meiko Kaji) to keep them apart. She briefly goes to prison for a crime she didn’t commit before breaking out to reunite with the man she loves. Along the way she befriends a group of hippies who try to reunite her with her boyfriend. Read More »

Kinji Fukasaku – Jingi naki tatakai: Hiroshima shito hen AKA The Yakuza Papers 2: Deadly Fight In Hiroshima AKA Hiroshima Death Match (1973)

Synopsis:
Repeatedly beat to a pulp by gamblers, cops, and gangsters, lone wolf Shoji Yamanaka (Kinya Kitaoji, who went on to star as Rhett Butler in the Tokyo stage version of Gone with the Wind), finally finds a home as a Muraoka family hit man and falls in love with boss Muraoka’s niece. Meanwhile, the ambitions of mad dog Katsutoshi Otomo (Sonny Chiba) draws our series’ hero, Shozo Hirono (Bunta Sugawara), into a new round of bloodshed, culminating with the tragic demise of the young Yamanka. Read More »

Yasuharu Hasebe – Ryuketsu No Koso AKA Blood For Blood / Bloody Feud (1971)

Late Nikkatsu Action – One of Hasebe’s last for the studio before the Roman Porno films genre became their mainstay.

Nikkatsu Classic Library wrote:
The Akiba and Shimura crime families run the streets of “K City.” With the construction of new buildings and new factories underway, the city has sprouted into a boomtown and business is good. Two of the most infamous mobs of Tokyo take notice and want a piece of the pie. As out-of-town yakuza flood the city overnight, the crime boss of the Akiba family, Tezuka (Jo Shishido), is released from prison after a five year sentence. He does not like the “change” he sees. Read More »

Teruo Ishii – Hîchirimen bâkuto – Nôbarydu takahadâ AKA The Tattooed Swordswoman AKA Black Cat’s Revenge AKA The Blind Woman’s Curse (1970)

Synopsis:
Akemi and the man of her clan confront their opponents; Akemi delivers a sword thrust to kill the opponents’ leader, and Aiko, his daughter, tries to interpose herself, suffering a glancing blow to her eyes, thus cutting her badly, and blinding her. Amid the ensuing fight, no one notices that a black cat laps the young woman’s wound. Years later, revenge between the two clans continue, plus added dissension amongst Akemi’s people, leading to more deaths. A new member comes to help them, but she is a strange woman – and blind. The curse of the blind woman is about to fell on the dragon-lady. Read More »