Legends of the Poisonous Seductress in November
Synapse Films have announced the Region 1 DVD release of the three-volume Legends of the Poisonous Seductress female swordplay series on 13th November 2007. Connected only by their theme of a beautiful young swordswoman who’s wronged, then seeks bloody revenge on her oppressors, the Legends of the Poisonous Seductress series was produced at Toei Studios in the late 1960s, only a few years before the studio revolutionized the Japanese film industry with their “true-life” yakuza films, girl-gang sagas and modern-day violent thrillers. Set during the samurai days, when Japan was isolated from the rest of the world, the POISONOUS SEDUCTRESS series stars the beautiful Junko Miyazono, first as Ohyaku, then as Okatsu, women who endured humiliation and injustice for as long as they could…until they had to strike back with violence!
Each episode forms its own individual story, and will only be available separately priced at $24.95 SRP each.
EPISODE 1: FEMALE DEMON OHYAKU
A quiet actress named Ohyaku is wrongly sent to prison, then pushed by her tormentors to the point of no return. With a demon tattoo splayed 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. A gruesome Pinky Violence classic, the film’s merciless parade of action, beheadings, tattooing and torture proved highly influential on later series of sexy action films from Toei Studios in the 1970s.
EPISODE 2: QUICK-DRAW OKATSU
The daughter of a swordplay instructor takes on a power-hungry magistrate in the second entry of the series, joined this time by Rui, a wild young swordswoman (Reiko Oshida). The two sexy avengers embark on a blood-soaked quest for revenge after Okatsu is raped and her father slaughtered by one of his assistants. From fencing schools to small-town brothels to the imperial city of Edo, Okatsu and Rui slash their way through dozens of evil men in order to settle the score with those who wronged them, in this swordplay classic which features some of the best fight scenes of the series.
EPISODE 3: OKATSU THE FUGITIVE
In the final episode of the series, the legendary beautiful swordswoman Okatsu is on the hunt for Judayu, a corrupt merchant responsible for the death of her parents. Betrayed by her fiancé, she finds herself aided in her quest by a handsome stranger (longtime yakuza movie star Tatsuo Umemiya) – who happens to be as handy with a sword as she is! What is the reason for his kindness, and will Okatsu be able to prevail against her nemesis, now a powerful businessman with scores of allies in high places? Whatever the end may be, the restless spirits of her murdered parents drive Okatsu along her crimson-colored road of vengeance.
Episode 1 directed by Yoshihiro Ishikawa (Ghost Cat of Otama Pond). Episodes 2 & 3 directed by legendary filmmaker Nobuo Nakagawa (Snake Woman’s Curse, Jigoku).
The series features an all-star cast of famous faces from the best of Japanese genre cinema, including lead actress Junko Miyazono (Eleven Samurai, Samurai Wolf 2), two-time series co-star Tomisaburo Wakayama (Lone Wolf & Cub, Black Rain), Tatsuo Umemiya (Graveyard Of Honor, Wandering Ginza Butterfly), Kunio Murai (Snake Woman’s Curse), Ko Nishimura (Snake Woman’s Curse, Hanzo The Razor), Reiko Oshida (Delinquent Girl Boss), Yukie Kagawa (Horrors Of Malformed Men, Female Convict Scorpion – Jailhouse 41), and Yoichi Numata (Jigoku).
Features across the films include:
- New, fully restored anamorphic widescreen transfers mastered in high-definition from Toei’s original vault elements
- Japanese language audio with newly-translated, removable English subtitles
- Audio commentary on Female Demon Ohyaku and Quick-Drawn Okatsu by Japanese film expert Chris D.
- Original Japanese theatrical trailers
- Poster galleries
- Liner notes and essays on the female swordplay genre
- Reversible covers with original Japanese poster artwork