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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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.
It has themes that extend back as far as there have been people. One is that "Good" people are those that have power and money and property, no matter how cruel or depraved they might be. Dirty, "Bad" people are those that are so pathetic, weak and helpless they have to debase themselves to survive - they are being punished by God for SOME reason, right?
Another key theme is the need to believe in the concept of redemption.
Feeling the characters' depravity, their degradation and pain as the actors walk down the path of the script. Just beautiful.
Redemption here is sought through, and an expression of what a most-pitiable person knows as "Love" is made by, acts of revenge and retribution.
As a good film should do, it will evoke in each person their own reaction, so the thoughts and words I have placed here mean little. If this genre interests you I would suggest you see it.
I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
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.
"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. Lead actress Miyazono Junko is quite the beauty, although believable tough and deadly as well. She doesn't let anyone take the easy way out in her revenge, but gets creative with her cruelty. Wakayama Tomisaburo, of Lone Wolf and Cub fame, plays a supporting role but never really gets into the action.
The DVD has some great features as well, including an essay on the Sword and Girl genre, and a nice commentary. The cover is reversible so you can have the original Japanese artwork instead of the shown cover, which is really cool. This is followed by two other loosely-connected color films in the series Legends of the Poisonous Seductress #2: Quick Draw Okatsu. and Legends of the Poisonous Seductress #3: Okatsu the Fugitive. They don't continue the story, but feature the same lead actress and themes. I am anxious to pick them up, and see if they are as magnificent as this gem.