Mar 20

Female Ninja Magic (1964) aka Kunoichi ninpo

The night before Osaka castle falls, foreseeing defeat, Sanada Yukimura makes 5 female ninjas of Shinano (O-Kyo, O-Mayu, O-Yo, O-Yui, and O-Nami) conceive Hideyori’s child in order to keep the Toyotomi bloodline alive. Sen-hime disguises these female ninjas as servants to take them out of Osaka castle. Ieyasu, however, upon learning this orders Shinano female ninjas to be assassinated by 5 female Iga ninjas (Tsuzumi Hayato, Shichito Sutebe, Hannyaji Fuuhaku, Amamaki Ittensai, and Usuzumi Tomoyasu).

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Aug 10

Vengeance Demon (1969) aka Fukushûki

A brother and sister live as outcasts from their hamlet due to a belief that mental illness runs in their family. A group of villagers plot to steal their property by beating and hanging the brother and gang-raping the sister. Believing the brother to be dead, scheming to kill the sister, and making both deaths look like accidents… unbeknownst to them, the brother survives and proceeds on a mission to slaughter those responsible in the hamlet.

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Jun 24

Branded to Kill (1967) aka Koroshi no rakuin

The number-three-ranked hit-man, with a fetish for sniffing boiling rice, fumbles his latest job, which puts him into conflict with a mysterious woman whose death wish inspires her to surround herself with dead butterflies and dead birds. Worse danger comes from his own treacherous wife and finally with the number-one-ranked hit-man, known only as a phantom to those who fear his unseen presence.

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