Tag Archives: japanese

Decapitation of an Evil Woman / Dokufu oden kubikiri asa (1977) Yûji Makiguchi, Terumi Azuma, Yukiko Tachibana, Yoshinobu Hirose, Action, Crime, Drama, Pinku, Erotic

Decapitation of an Evil Woman (1977)
An unusual blending of elements comes together in this crime story drawn from Japanese history. During the early Meiji period a number of “Dokufu” (Poison Women) committed a significant number of murders. These crimes were most often committed by wives on their husbands in order to be together with their lovers. At that time women were executed in the same manner as men, to wit: by being decapitated. This is the story of the most notorious of all, Takahashi Oden who, in 1879, was the last woman executed by decapitation in Japan.

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Burai barase! / Outlaw: Rub-out! (1969) Keiichi Ozawa, Eiji Gô, Kenji Imai, Chieko Matsubara, Gorô Mutsumi, Crime

Goro the Assassin (1968)
New force joins the creators of the “Outlaw” series in this final installment. Hideichi Nagahara, the scenario writer for “A Colt Is My Passport” starring Joe Shishido, co-writes the script with Kanao Ikegami. Although Goro is a known assassin, he has always been against the ways of the yakuza. In “Outlaw Kill!” he deals with the dilemma of living such a lifestyle more than ever: the sacrifices, the time wasted in prison…

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Burai kurodosu / Black Dagger (1968) Keiichi Ozawa, Tamio Kawachi, Chieko Matsubara, Kunie Tanaka, Tetsuya Watari, Crime

Goro the Assassin (1968)
“Black Dagger” is the fifth successful installment of the “Outlaw” series. This movie premiered in theaters on December 28th 1968, only one month after the release of “Goro the Assassin”. With stop motion visual effects and calm narratives of Tetsuya Watari decorating the fight scenes, this yakuza classic remains as a favorite amongst many Nikkatsu noir fans.

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Onna no rekishi / A Woman’s Life (1963) Mikio Naruse, Hideko Takamine, Akira Takarada, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Drama

A Woman's Life (1963)
Nobuko (Hideko Takamine) is a gentle Japanese woman who endures several ordeals during her adult life in this somber, sentimental drama. She gives birth to a baby boy after she marries the man she loves, but the philandering husband is killed during the war. Nobuko raises her son as a single mother and is heartbroken when he grows up and marries a saloon girl against her wishes. When her son dies in an auto wreck, Nobuko finally accepts her daughter-in-law after learning she will soon have a baby.

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