(aka 'Yôen dokufuden hannya no ohyaku' or 'Ohyaku: The Female Demon' or 'Legends of the Poisonous Seductress #1: Female Demon Ohyaku')
Okyaku's hatred burns bright--the lady with the demon tattoo will have her vengeance!
Theatrical Release: July, 1968 - Tokyo
DVD Review: Ryko Distribution Partners - Region 0 - NTSC
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• Audio commentary by Japanese film expert Chris Desjardins (author of
Outlaw Masters of Japanese Film)
I decided on a whim to give this a whirl and I'm glad - it's far better than I was anticipating It has enough of the cheapish camp to give it charm and is still a fairly professionally made film. I'm pleasantly surprised by my enjoyment of this work.
The DVD sports a strong, fully restored anamorphic widescreen transfer mastered in high-definition from Toei's original vault elements. Contrast is a shade light at times but detail has some remarkable moments - overall this is an excellent progressive transfer on a dual-layered disc. It offers 2.0 mono Japanese language with newly-translated, removable English subtitles. The print is fairly clean and I have no complaints with the image quality.
Supplements include an audio commentary by Japanese film expert Chris Desjardins (author of Outlaw Masters of Japanese Film). He appears to know his stuff although he has a tendency to meander - his voice is weak for a commentarist. As a novice I did enjoy listening but suspect many may not. At least the option is there and I appreciate the effort. There are also trailers for all three segments of the Poisonous Seductress saga and some liner notes (also by Chris D.) with the above poster.
This is far from classic Japanese cinema but it has a cool niche following that I may be joining by purchasing the other two in this series. I wasn't expecting to get a lot out of this film but the kitschy allure is there - definitely. If you have any remote inkling into this 'genre' - I'd like to encourage you to visit Ohyaku: The Female Demon.