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Review: Blind Woman’s Curse

Blind Woman’s Curse
4 stars

Starring: Meiko Kaji, Hoki Tokuda, Makoto Satô

Directed: Teruo Ishii

Release Date: April 21, 2015

Run Time: 85 Minutes

Format: Blu-Ray

Japanese Subtitles: English

Distributor: Arrow Video / MVDvisual

Film Synopsis

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), 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! – ArrowFilms



Audio Language: Japanese
Subtitles: English

The Audio sounds good for it being mono. Not perfect but pretty good, with a the Audio sounding somewhat thin sounding and a faint hiss is heard in the background.


Rating:4 stars


Picture Quality

Disc Format: Blu-Ray

Looks Great with sharp details that get sharper on close-ups. The colors pop pretty good and black levels look good to my Eyes. The PQ is pretty Crisp with some grain which is good as Arrow didn’t over process this. I did Notice in One Scene near the 23 minute mark some weird black oval spots crawl up the screen.

Rating:4.5 stars

Note: Equipment used to watch the film can be found below

Theatrical release Date: June 20, 1970 (Japan)
Blu-Ray Disc release Date: April 21, 2015 (USA)


  • 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
  • Original Trailer
  • 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.


My Thoughts

Blind Woman’s Curse Stars My Main Kick ass female Star Meiko Kaji and once again Kicks some ass in this film. Meiko’s Character is head boss of a clan with a dragon tattoo on their backs. The film is a great watch but it’s not the best but needs to be in your collection.

The film has a good story with great action that produces blood and deep cut marks. At times the film does feel slow and some scenes some what rushed but doesn’t take away too much in the entertainment aspect. I may go on to say this is filled with sword fights and what not but truth most of the killed subjects are unexplained and at times feels like a Horror movie.

Overall the film is a great watch that features good action and women slicing and dicing with a Horror aspect to the story. Like I said before the film belongs in your collection especially if you’re an Japanese film buff or Meiko Kaji fan, Pick it up. DO it

With that said I give the film a 4 out of 5 for great bloody content.


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This Film was Played on the listed Equipment below

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Samsung (UN46C6900) 46-Inch 1080p LED HDTV

DVD/Blu-Ray Player

OPPO BDP – 103 (Highly Recommended)

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Stereo Receiver

Pioneer VSX-516-K 7.1-Channel

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(1) Center Speaker

Pioneer S-HF 11C

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(2) Front Speaker

KLH 9250B Floor – 350 watts

(4) Surround sound Speakers

KLH 100 watt Bookshelf

(1) Subwoofer

Sony SA-W3000 180 Watt 12″ sub

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Note: I Know my speakers are way outdated. OPPO Blu-Ray Player is one of the best around and used in most home theaters. The Receiver is pretty good but on the line of out dated. Subwoofer is good with tons of bass but not the theater quality from a $400 Sub. Front speakers are fun with tons of power and are good for standalone’s but higher end sound (Hz) is lower quality. Overall I need to update on all speakers granted I do get decent sound out of them just the higher end falls short.


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