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Wicked Woman (1958) from Legendary director Nobuo Nakagawa
Wicked Woman (1958) from Legendary director Nobuo Nakagawa

A Master Thriller from Nobuo Nakagawa

original Japanese title DOKUFU TAKAHASHI ODEN [Poisonous Woman Oden Takahashi]

director: Nobuo Nakagawa
starring: Katsuko Wakasugi Juzaburo Akechi Tetsuro Tanba Akira Nakamura Gen Funabashi

Circa Tokyo 1870's. A young woman, Oden Takahashi, steals to support the daughter from her first marriage and her alcoholic second husband. She falls in love with a young policeman, but is then coerced into becoming the mistress of a Yakuza boss. After the deaths of her second husband and daughter, Oden moves to Yokohama where she runs a casino for the mob boss. Her remorseful first husband and the disgraced policeman follow her. She kills her ex-husband and the Yakuza boss, but when she tries to escape with the casino cash, she's arrested and taken to Tokyo for trial.

Nobuo Nakagawa was generally consider the Master of the Japanese thrillers, often called the Nippon Hitchcock. His films - including this one - were enormously successful because they appealed to both the high and lowbrow audiences. Nakagawa was never reluctant to use buckets of blood nor gratuitous sexual situations, but his films could also be appreciated as two dimensional psychological thrillers. He is best known for NEW GHOST STORY OF YOTSUYA, SNAKE WOMAN'S CURSE, LADY VAMPIRE, GHOST CAT MANSION, THE GHOST STORY OF KASANE SWAMP and his controversial masterpiece HELL. After helming 100 films, Mr Nakagawa died from a stroke in 1984 at age 79.

A Japanese film with optional ON/OFF English subtitles; widescreen uncut (73 min.);
for ALL REGIONS, playable on any American DVD machine.
Extras include selected trailers.

Sexual situations/SemiNudity/Violence
for Mature Audiences

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