Legends of the Poisonous Seductress #1: Female Demon Ohyaku
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"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.Read more ›
I have watched it a few times, and I have to say that this film has so many interesting elements to recommend it, I can only call it, "Wonderful".
That's just my opinion, and I don't claim to know much about film-making per se, but I was very very impressed, by the performances first of all, but also by the cinematography, and the storyline.
Perhaps also, it seemed so refreshing to see something original. It seems so much film-making (and music) for the last 40 years has been so derivative (and boring) that it seems creativity is not longer a prerequisite to make a film, etc. BTW, if you are looking just for T&A or a gorefest, this is not the place (no big deal though, that stuff is out there in overwhelming abundance).
This film is not just imaginative, but it has an involving/engaging continuity and horrible depth of detail and feeling such as you might get in a sweat-soaked malarial dream. The thoughtfully arranged images and scenes flow so naturally, they seem to fall like leaves into a river. Many images are distrubing enough (to me anyway) to really feel like they might be your own as you wake from a nightmare.
This movie is not just "Boo" or "What was that noise?" or ho-hum, "I am going to dismember you", scene-scene-scene -end credits as we see in films today, but this film contains a well-scripted and very well-performed descent into insanity.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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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. Read morePublished on August 28, 2010 by Bacchus
This film is part one of the Legends Of The Poisonous Seductress trilogy. The action and lesbian love scenes were excellent. Read morePublished on February 27, 2009 by Henry West