God bless Meiko Kaji. This was my randomized selection tonight. It’s my first Ishii and I was expecting something a bit more extreme I suppose. As is, its super entertaining but a bit of a tonal hodgepodge.
It opens an closes with Meiko Kaji and some hyper stylized yakuza fighting. In between, its a comic yakuza intrigue, revenge story with a weird, genuinely creepy hunchback and a bit of a horror feel at times. And a ghost cat on a wire.....
Still, Meiko Kaji is so amazing in these roles that I can’t help but be riveted even if this made me want to pop in the Lady Snowblood sequel in my queue instead.
Still, I have a bunch of other Ishii movies on deck and I understand that this one might have been a bit compromised in the production so I won’t prejudge.