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The Eyes Have It: The Vengeance Cinema of Kaji Meiko

Note: this feature presents Japanese names in the traditional fashion of family name first, followed by given name. Japanese language film titles and genres are presented in italics for ease of reading


Female Prisoner #701: Scorpion and Stray Cat Rock: Delinquent Girl Boss, both discussed below, are currently available on BFI Player as part of the Japan 2020 season


An entire feature could be written on Kaji Meiko’s signature stare.

Expressing an ocean of fury and recrimination, that “look” is evident in the Japanese actress’ two most famous films, 1972’s Female Prisoner #701: Scorpion and 1973’s Lady Snowblood.

But, there is more to Kaji Meiko than a glare so glacial it ices blood in the veins...

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BFI Player launches Japan 2020 in May



Japan 2020, a six month event showcasing over 100 years of Japanese cinema, is live now on BFI Player.

Collections on Akira Kurosawa and classic Japanese movies are available to watch, with more to follow in June through October.

The Tokyo Olympics are postponed until 2021, and possibly beyond. The chances of travelling to and from the Isle of Wight let alone Japan this year are wobbly. So, the fact the BFI are going ahead with the season is great news in a miserable time.

Safely escape lockdown for £4.99 a month (and two weeks free trial) by journeying through over one hundred years of Japanese cinema from the comfort of your living room.

Classics of Japan’s Golden Age and films that rocked the studio system...

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DVD Review: New Battles Without Honor and Humanity Trilogy

Director: Kinji Fukasaku

Writers: Fumio Konami, Misao Arai (New Battles Without Honor and Humanity), Susumu Saji, Yozo Tanaka, Kôji Takada, (New Battles Without Honor and Humanity: The Boss’s Head), Kôji Takada (New Battles Without Honor and Humanity: Last Days of the Boss)

Cast: Bunta Sugawara, Meiko Kaji, Tsutomo Yamazaki, Nobuo Kaneko, Tomisaburô Wakayama, Kô Nishimura, Mikio Narita, Yuriko Hishimi, Chieko Matsubara

Cert: 15

Running time: 98/94/91mins

Year: 1974/1975/1976


New Battles without Honour and Humanity: medium_3
The Boss’s Head:
Last Days of the Boss:


What’s the story: Three unrelated crime stories follow the criminal travails of street-level yakuza and their attempts to make their marks in cruel, dishonourable worlds.

What’s the verdict: Proof that you can’t keep a g...

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