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Legends of the Poisonous Seductress #1: Female Demon Ohyaku

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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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Product Details

  • 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
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  • 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 (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000V6LSZE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #128,161 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Zack Davisson HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 5, 2008
Format: DVD
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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I think that for any film that somehow falls into the realm of "Exploitation", my expectations are uniformly low, and many of the films in this particular genre are uniformly bad, and that is sometimes part of their charm I think. I ordered this DVD out of curiosity and because of its reviews.

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.
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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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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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