From Teruo Ishii, “The King of Cult”, Blind Woman’s Curse (also known as Black Cat’s Revenge) is a thrilling Yakuza film featuring eye-popping visuals, sensational fight sequences and the gorgeous Meiko Kaji (Lady Snowblood, Stray Cat Rock series), in her first major role.
Akemi (Kaji) is a dragon 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 go on to 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 (the same movement was a sensibility of Edogawa Rampo whose works were adapted by Ishii in Horrors of Malformed Men), 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!
Reviews"A bizarre potpourri of ninkyo eiga yakuza movie, bakeneko ghost film and era-grotesquery."
- Tom Mes, Midnight Eye
"This bewildering, reckless, and captivating Japanese monstrosity is a colorful, widescreen explosion of cross-genre craziness."
- Pop Matters
"Blind Woman's Curse looks great on Blu-ray... It's an extremely enjoyable mishmash directed with style to spare by Teruo Ishii, and headlined by beautiful Meiko Kaji. Highly Recommended."
- DVD Talk
New high definition digital transfer of the film prepared by Nikkatsu Studios
Presented in High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD
Uncompressed mono PCM audio
Newly translated English subtitles
Audio commentary by Japanese cinema expert Jasper Sharp
Trailers for four of the films in the Meiko Kaji-starring Stray Cat Rock series, made at the same studio as Blind Woman's Curse
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Gilles Vranckx
Collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by Japanese cinema expert Tom Mes, illustrated with original archive stills.