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Legends of the Poisonous Seductress #1: Female Demon Ohyaku (1968)

Junko Miyazono , Yoshihiro Ishikawa  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Junko Miyazono
  • Directors: Yoshihiro Ishikawa
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Black & White, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: Japanese
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Synapse/Ryko
  • DVD Release Date: November 13, 2007
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000V6LSZE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #263,172 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The stunning Junko Miyazono stars in the first entry of the LEGENDS OF THE POISONOUS SEDUCTRESS series as Ohyaku, an innocent actress wrongly sent to prison and pushed by her tormentors to the point of no return. With a demon tattoo across her back and a sword in her hand, she embarks on a crusade of vengeance against all those who have wronged her, laying waste to man and woman alike in her quest for bloody retribution. More than just a swordplay classic, FEMALE DEMON OHYAKUs relentless cruelty, scenes of graphic torture, and unique mix of sex and sadism mark it as the first true Pinky Violence film, and highly influential on later sexy action series from Toei Studios throughout the 70s, such as the Sukeban and Female Convict Scorpion movies. Co-starring the legendary Tomisaburo Wakayama (LONE WOLF AND CUB).

Be sure to collect the other two volumes in the LEGENDS OF THE POISONOUS SEDUCTRESS series QUICK-DRAW OKATSU and OKATSU THE FUGITIVE for more action-packed female swordplay excitement!

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buckets of awesome August 5, 2008
The first thing that surprised me about this flick is that it is in black and white. Obviously, I could have read that from the product description, but I just sort of passed over it and seeing that vivid color cover I was expecting something different. Not that this is anyway a bad thing. There is something unexpected about a sexual and violent black and white film that makes them all the more stunning, just because I am not used to seeing such extremes in the classic format.

"Female Demon Ohyaku" ("Yôen dokufuden hannya no ohyaku") is just a fantastic flick. The first Pinky Violence film, and the one that would inspire many other rape/revenge flicks like Lady Snowblood and Kill Bill it has all the classic elements. Ohyaku Dayu (Miyazono Junko) is a beautiful acrobat/prostitute who is sold to the highest bidder following each show. Capturing the eye of a handsome thief, he rescues her from a bureaucratic rapist and claims her for his own. She is just the bad girl a guy like him needs as partner and wife. Ah, but a happy life was not meant for Ohyaku, and she soon finds her self without a lover, disgraced and exiled on a prison island. There is only one thing for a desperate gal in that situation....revenge.

Now, being an older flick "Female Demon Ohyaku" is not as extreme as some of the later Pinky Violence offerings. There is no real nudity to speak of, and the gore is limited. But they make do with what they have, as Ohyaku seduces and kills her way through a number of hapless men, and even one woman (very sexy scene!), working her way towards her target.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok, but only just! August 28, 2010
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The first of the series with the intriguing titles starring the undeniably attractive Junko Miyazono, and probably the best of the three. The story here seems a little less predictable than in the two sequels, and therefore stays a little bit more interesting.
Junko Miyazono's swordplay is slow and cumbersome, and the camerawork barely helps it at all. Don't get your hopes up: The sequels are worse, the third part being just a complete waste of time. There are large numbers of excellent Japanese movies around, so keep shopping.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best of this series! December 24, 2013
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This is Miyazono at her best! The other two films in this set are in color and nice B movies with great actiton, but THIS film is practically a film noir, gorgeously lit black and white, gloomy as all get-out, a "cruel story" utterly serious in tone. A work of art in addition to the exploitation element.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Revenge Movie! September 9, 2013
Perhaps, as some of my enemies have no doubt observed, I am a simpleton, but I absolutely love a well-made genre picture like Female Demon Ohyaku. It has everything that drew me to chambara to begin with - beautiful women, cool fights, and best of all - REVENGE!

The complete title of this film is Legends of the Poisonous Seductress: Female Demon Ohyaku. In Japanese, the subtitle is Hannya Ohyaku. Hannya is a famous demonic image used in classical noh theatre and woodblock prints. Here in the west, most people mistake it as an image of "the" devil. It's actually the personification of the spirit of a vengeful woman. In this film, it's the face that's tattooed on Ohyaku's back as well as the nature of her role in the story.

And what a story it is! At the beginning of the film, Ohyaku is revealed to be the child of a prostitute who tries to kill both of them by leaping into a river. The little girl survives and becomes a con woman and a tightrope walker for a travelling circus. When a group of ne'er-do-wells taunt her at a performance, a handsome, young ronin named Shinkuro steps in and helps. Even though Ohyaku can clearly take care of herself, she's impressed with the ronin and soon becomes a part of his plot to steal a gold delivery that's going to the local mint. It's important to note that Ohyaku is presented as a thief to begin with although her heart of gold shows through when she gives her ill-gotten gains to a single mother who's living on the streets. Likewise, Shin is stealing in order to punish the corrupt village leaders. There's definitely a Robin Hood vibe to this pair and they quickly fall in love over the course of a particularly moving scene where they each reveal their own heartaches and agree to trade them with one another.
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