Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Bad girls come to NY's Japan Society!

New York's Japan Society brings some of the most iconic films from three legendary, dangerous beauties of Japanese cinema to their theatre next month, in the series with the $10 title: Mad, Bad... and Dangerous to Know - Three Untamed Beauties. More information is online here.

First up is Ayako Wakao, pictured above, a frequent muse for filmmaker Yasuzo Masumura. And in fact, four Masumura films will be screened in late March / early April featuring Wakao: Seisaku's Wife, A Wife Confesses, the astonishing Red Angel, and the most dangerous of them all, Irezumi (
The Spider Tattoo).

Up next is one of our favorites: youth icon turned vengeance-fueled demon-from-hell Meiko Kaji, starring in five of her best films: Female Prisoner #701 - Scorpion, its (even-better) sequel Female Convict Scorpion - Jailhouse 41, Stray Cat Rock - Sex Hunter from her Nikkatsu days, and finally her pair of swordswoman films from Toho, a major inspiration on Tarantino's
Kill Bill, Lady Snowblood and Lady Snowblood - Love Song of Vengeance. All are truly can't-miss.

And finally, things get a little more artsy with the frequent muse of Japanese New Wave filmmaker Kiji (Yoshishige) Yoshida, Mariko Okada. Films include Flame & Women (aka
Impasse), The Affair, Woman of the Lake, and Two Wives.

Bring along your favorite dangerous lady. I know I will.