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Snake Woman's Curse (1968)

Nobuo Nakagawa  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Directors: Nobuo Nakagawa
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, NTSC
  • 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: Unrated
  • Studio: Synapse Films
  • DVD Release Date: August 28, 2007
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000RHMQJ4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #219,731 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Snake Woman's Curse" on IMDb

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* New, fully restored anamorphic widescreen transfer mastered in high-definition from Toei's original vault elements
* Japanese language with newly-translated, removable English subtitles
* Audio commentary by Japanese film scholar Jonathan M. Hall
* Original Japanese theatrical trailer
* Nobuo Nakagawa poster gallery and biography
* Liner notes by Japanese film scholar Alexander Jacoby
* Reversible cover with original Japanese poster artwork

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Directed by Nobuo Nakagawa (Jigoku, Quick-Draw Okatsu, Okatsu the Fugitive, Yotsuya Ghost Story)

Starring bad-girl actress Akemi Negishi (Lady Snowblood, Sex and Fury, Akira Kurosawa's Red Beard) and Ko Nishimura (Hanzo the Razor, The Pornographers, Akira Kurosawa's The Bad Sleep Well)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Second-tier Nakagawa but first-rate DVD May 3, 2008
By Tryavna
Nobuo Nakagawa is generally considered the father of the modern Japanese horror movie (J-horror). As such, his status in Japan is analogous to Mario Bava's in Italy and Terence Fisher's in Britain. All three directors burst onto the scene in the late-1950s/early-1960s after having labored in relative obscurity for decades, and their individual visual styles were so powerful that they basically reinvented the horror-genre traditions in their respective countries. (Personally, I think they also stand head-and-shoulders above their imitators, thanks to an intelligence, tastefulness, and humanism that they all shared.)

"Snake Woman's Curse" provides a decent introduction to Nakagawa's work and to what makes it special. The supernatural elements are treated ambiguously. (Are the ghosts real or the products of psychological guilt?) Nakagawa makes striking use of color, lighting, and especially darkness. There are hints of transcendence through death and entry into the afterlife. And there is ample evidence of Nakagawa's ambition to transcend the perceived limitations of a genre picture, with provocative commentary on capitalism and the exploitation of women: The plot concerns a family of peasants who return from beyond the grave to exact revenge on the family of silk merchants who wronged them.

Unfortunately, "Snake Woman's Curse" was one of Nakagawa's last feature films, and it was made several years after his peak. (Most fans and critics regard his 1959 "Yotsuya Ghost Story" and his mind-bending 1960 "Jigoku" as his masterpieces. Criterion already released "Jigoku" and apparently owns the rights to "Yotsuya Ghost Story," which desperately needs a release.
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I don`t enjoy disagreeing with the other reviewer of this film- he obviously knows what he`s talking about and is genre-knowledgable, but after seeing the supurb "JIGOKU" and "Yotsuya Ghost Story",I purchased this flick as soon as it was released and couldn`t have been more disappointed -it`s slow moving, none of its characters are fleshed out in any way, the horror element is non-existent and,truth be told, there is no real snake woman in sight- in stark contrast to what the dvd cover would have you believe. Your money and your time would be better spent on his earlier works, or on other Asian Cult Cinema releases like "Madame O", "Blind Woman`s Curse" or Teruo Ishii`s "Horror Of Malformed Men" - all of which are a lot more fun and enjoyable to watch, IMHO.
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5.0 out of 5 stars rich tapestry of color and movement July 11, 2013
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Easy-to-follow dialogue and elegant visuals. The desolate
Japan Sea Coast scenery alone was worth the price!!!
Unlike most Jdrama ... this kept me on the edge of my
seat. Even though the ending was rushed I still enjoyed
the story. It didn't bother me that "Hebi No Onna" is considered
second-rate. Definitely earned a place in my permanent collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed it! May 6, 2013
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Great film! Thank you for offering this selection. I was looking for this to add to my DVD movie collection.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Japanese Thriller June 21, 2010
As a collector of foreign films old and new like Japanese classics: "Kwaidan", "Onibaba", "Lady Vampire", "Madame O", "Slave Widow", "Ghost Story Of Yotsuya", "Blind Woman's Curse" starring Meiko Kaji and erotic ones like "Flower & Snake" starring Naomi Tani, "Manji", "Gate Of Flesh" and "In The Realm Of The Senses" (the blu-ray by Criterion is fantastic) to the wild Pinky Violence films like "Sex & Fury", Meiko Kaji's Sasori series, "Sukeban", "Zero Woman: Red Handcuffs" and so many more, I am presently pleased with "Snake Woman's Curse". The film did have some dread and impending doom elements to it. Definitely a worthy purchase. Synapse is pumping out some good stuff. I made sure I bought Junko Miyazono's "The Legend Of The Poisonous Seductress Trilogy", "Madame 0", Christina Lindberg's "Exposed" and "Wandering Ginza Butterfly" 1 and 2 also starring Meiko Kaji.
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