Starring: Meiko Kaji, Hoki Tokuda, Makoto Sato & Hideo Sunazuka
Directed by: Teruo Ishii
Akemi 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.
Arrow Films release of Blind Woman’s Curse comes from a single-layered 1080p transfer with noticeable upgrades from his previous predecessors. The image is slightly richer and has an improved contrast tone added on to an increased bitrate of 29.99 Mbps compared to last years release of 29.97 Mbps. Arrow definitely stepped up their game for this release. Finer details of sharpness can be seen through this film with close-up shots of character faces and rich colors from the wardrobes the characters are seen wearing. Depth of color and attention of detail are rich during outdoor shots with a settle tone of contrast, all which are improved. Overall Arrow does a great job with this transfer and I am not disappointed.
Blind Woman’s Curse has a Japanese LPCM Mono 1.0 audio track, which is less than its previous UK release of 2.0. Audio is slightly stronger and clear on this release, but barely noticeable. Overall I am impressed with the audio transfer and Arrow does exceptionally well to satisfy my overall viewing experience.
- 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
Blind Woman’s Curse was a first time watch for me and I thoroughly enjoyed this film from start to finish. Given the age of this film and the transfer rates, Arrow did a great job handling this film. Fans of Meiko Kaji will not be disappointed and it’s always great to see her in high definition. Overall this film met my expectations and I am glad Arrow Films put this in their list of releases. Arrow again never disappoints my viewing pleasure.
Production release: Nikkatsu Studios
Video release: Arrow Films
Number of discs: 2
Runtime: 85 minutes
Case: Standard clear amaray case
Release date: April 21, 2015
Aspect ratio: 2.44:1
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Japanese LPCM Mono 1.0