Unchained Melody: The Films of Meiko Kaji

Unchained Melody: The Films of Meiko Kaji

It’s time to bow down to the Queen of Japanese Action cinema... Meiko Kaji! This cult cinema powerhouse broke onto the Japanese cinema scene in the 60s and has reigned supreme ever since. From leading the rebellious girl gangs of Stray Cat Rock to being a harbinger of pure unbridled vengeance in Female Prisoner Scorpion, Kaji has done it all. (And done it in style!). So join us on ARROW for a celebration of one of exploitation cinema’s greatest female stars: Meiko Kaji.

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Unchained Melody: The Films of Meiko Kaji
  • Outlaw: Gangster VIP 2

    Wherever he goes, trouble follows Goro like a shadow. Continuing in the storyline of its predecessor, the film begins with Tetsuya Watari heading north to Aomori to make amends for his past wrongdoings.

  • Retaliation

    In 1969 future sexploitation specialist Yasuharu Hasebe (Stray Cat Rock: Sex Hunter) teamed up with the inimitable Jô Shishido (Branded to Kill, Youth of the Beast) for a follow up to their yakuza hit Massacre Gun. A tale of gang warfare that features a raft of the period’s most iconic stars, Aki...

  • Stray Cat Rock: Delinquent Girl Boss

    The Stray Cat Rock series stars Meiko Kaji (Lady Snowblood, Blind Woman’s Curse) who with these five films began her reign as the badass action queen of the era.
    In these five tales of rebellious youth she stars alongside the gorgeous Bunjaku Han (Love Letter) and Tatsuya Fuji (In the Realm of t...

  • Blind Woman's Curse

    From Teruo Ishii “The King of Cult”, Blind Woman’s Curse (also known as Black Cat’s Revenge) is a thrilling Yakuza film featuring eye-popping visuals, sensational fight sequences and the gorgeous Meiko Kaji (Lady Snowblood, Stray Cat Rock), in her first major role. Akemi (Kaji) is a dragon tattoo...

  • Stray Cat Rock: Wild Jumbo

    The Stray Cat Rock series stars Meiko Kaji (Lady Snowblood, Blind Woman’s Curse) who with these five films began her reign as the badass action queen of the era. In these five tales of rebellious youth she stars alongside the gorgeous Bunjaku Han (Love Letter) and Tatsuya Fuji (In the Realm of th...

  • Stray Cat Rock: Sex Hunter

    The Stray Cat Rock series stars Meiko Kaji (Lady Snowblood, Blind Woman’s Curse) who with these five films began her reign as the badass action queen of the era. In these five tales of rebellious youth she stars alongside the gorgeous Bunjaku Han (Love Letter) and Tatsuya Fuji (In the Realm of th...

  • Stray Cat Rock: Machine Animal

    The Stray Cat Rock series stars Meiko Kaji (Lady Snowblood, Blind Woman’s Curse) who with these five films began her reign as the badass action queen of the era. In these five tales of rebellious youth she stars alongside the gorgeous Bunjaku Han (Love Letter) and Tatsuya Fuji (In the Realm of th...

  • Stray Cat Rock: Beat '71

    The Stray Cat Rock series stars Meiko Kaji (Lady Snowblood, Blind Woman’s Curse) who with these five films began her reign as the badass action queen of the era. In these five tales of rebellious youth she stars alongside the gorgeous Bunjaku Han (Love Letter) and Tatsuya Fuji (In the Realm of th...

  • Female Prisoner #701: Scorpion

    After being used and betrayed by the detective she had fallen in love with, young Matsu is sent to a female prison full of sadistic guards and disobedient prisoners.

  • Female Prisoner Scorpion: Jailhouse 41

    After spending a year in solitary confinement, Matsu escapes from prison with six more convicts, followed by the guards who are led by a vengeful warden who wants her dead at all costs.

  • Battles Without Honor and Humanity: Hiroshima Death Match

    The celebrated Battles Without Honour and Humanity series continues with its second episode, Hiroshima Death Match, setting aside part one protagonist Shôzô Hirono (Bunta Sugawara) to follow a side story showcasing genre icons Sonny Chiba (The Street Fighter) and Meiko Kaji (Female Prisoner 701: ...

  • Female Prisoner Scorpion: Beast Stable

    Matsu is sheltered by an incestuous prostitute on her run from the police, her ex-prison mate and a cop whose arm she hacked off.

  • Female Prisoner Scorpion: #701's Grudge Song

    Once again on the lam, Matsu is helped by a strip club worker who holds a grudge against the detective who's trying to find her.

  • New Battles Without Honor and Humanity: The Boss's Head

    In the second entry, The Boss's Head, Sugawara is Kuroda, an itinerant gambler who steps in when a hit by drug-addicted assassin Kusunoki (Tampopo's Tsutomu Yamazaki) goes wrong, and takes the fall on behalf of the Owada family, but when the gang fails to make good on financial promises to him, K...