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WOMEN HELL SONG

Onna jigoku uta: Shakuhachi benten

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Directed by Mamoru Watanabe
Japan, 1970
Drama
      Japanese
      English & 4 more

Synopsis

Roaming outlaw Okayo is also known as Benten due to the tattoo of the Buddhist Goddess of Love emblazoned across her back. On the run from her persecutors, who seek to claim the tattoo and its skin canvas as a bounty, Okayo finds a safe haven in the arms of the mysterious shakuhachi playing Seigaku.

Our take

Women Hell Song is an audacious “pink” period drama about a tattooed female criminal on the run for murdering Yakuza. Shot in monochrome—with shimmering color inserts for the sex scenes, the film powerfully juxtaposes tradition with modernity, violence with religion, and softcore with folklore.

Synopsis

Roaming outlaw Okayo is also known as Benten due to the tattoo of the Buddhist Goddess of Love emblazoned across her back. On the run from her persecutors, who seek to claim the tattoo and its skin canvas as a bounty, Okayo finds a safe haven in the arms of the mysterious shakuhachi playing Seigaku.

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Women Hell SongDirected byMamoru Watanabe
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