Aug 05

The Iron Crown (1972) aka Kanawa

kljogyjoftctBased on the Noh drama with the same name, The Iron Crown is about a woman plotting revenge against her husband who leaves her for a younger woman. Shindo’s adaptation juxtaposes the Noh drama with a modern update of the story. The husband is now a car salesman, the young woman a typist. The wife gets her revenge by harassing the couple with unwanted phone calls at night.

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Aug 02

Lady Ninja Kaede I,II (2007-2009) aka Kunoichi Youen Den Kaede

In this erotic martial arts epic, Kaede is on an assignment to penetrate a cult that has exerted its power in secret for centuries. Although she is able to join the group, a priest curses her with a passion for a precious religious object, and this all-consuming lust may derail her hopes of a successful mission. Continue reading