director Teruo Ishii
Wacky mishmash that it is, Teruo Ishii’s Blind Woman’s Curse fuses genres in weird ways, melding the yakuza film and horror with elements of comedy.
Though it starts off with a bang, Meiko Kaji leads a clan of dragon tattooed fighters seeking vengeance for a murdered relative. The tattoo runs across the backs of all, with Kaji’s being the head. In wreaking said vengeance, she accidentally blinds her victim’s sister, whose bloodied face is immediately lapped upon by a black cat.
Serious elements of weirdness abound, and the movie is an entertaining one, but it’s no Horrors of Malformed Men (1968), Ishii’s previous film which was completely utter batshit crazy. Tatsumi Hijikata shows up, playing a weird hunchbacked servant.
Actually, seen as a straight genre film, it’s radically odd. There are storylines interwoven and characters that seem significant that seem to disappear. It might be less confusing on a second viewing, or maybe some of that narrative noise is intentional. The comedy aspects of the film tend to lessen its overall impact and quality.
Still, pretty worthwhile.