Search results for "Meiko Kaji"

Lullaby of the Earth (1976)

The story of an orphan girl, brought up in naive, rustic innocence by an elderly relative, who is suddenly exposed to the brutality, greed and deceptiveness of the outside ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Yasuzo Masumura
CAST:  Mieko Harada  •  Meiko Kaji  •  Natsuko Kahara  •  Eiji Okada

Alleycat Rock: Female Boss (1970)

The first part of the Nora-neko rokku ("Alley Cat Rock") series was originally Nikkatsu Studios' answer to the rivaling Toei Studios' Delinquent Boss series, but spawned four ...  (more)

GENRES: Action • Crime • Drama • Music • Thriller
DIRECTION:  Yasuharu Hasebe
CAST:  Tatsuya Fuji  •  Yôsui Inoue  •  Meiko Kaji  •  Ken Sanders

Wandering Ginza Butterfly (1971)

Gang leader Nami (cult film legend Meiko Kaji) kills a member of a yakuza group and goes away to prison. Upon her release three years later, she’s a shamed woman confined to ...  (more)

GENRES: Action • Thriller
DIRECTION:  Kazuhiko Yamaguchi
CAST:  Meiko Kaji  •  Akiko Koyama  •  Tatsuo Umemiya  •  Kôji Nanbara

Tree Without Leaves (1986)

Haru, an aging scriptwriter, has isolated himself somewhere in the woods of Nagano to work on his first novel. As the last surviving member of his kin, he intends to chronicle ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kaneto Shindô
CAST:  Keiju Kobayashi  •  Nobuko Otowa  •  Ichirô Zaitsu  •  Kotoe Hatsui

Stray Cat Rock: Wild Jumbo (1970)

A group of five friends, also known as the Pelican Gang, spends time hanging out in the city, driving around in their all-terrain buggy car and listening to psychedelic jazz ...  (more)

GENRES: Action • Crime • Drama • Thriller
DIRECTION:  Toshiya Fujita
CAST:  Meiko Kaji  •  Tatsuya Fuji  •  Bunjaku Han  •  Takeo Chii

Double Suicide of Sonezaki (1978)

Suicide has long been used as a form of social protest in Japan. In this film, set in 1703, samurai culture is being transformed by the emergence of a new merchant class. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Yasuzo Masumura
CAST:  Meiko Kaji  •  Ryûdô Uzaki  •  Hisashi Igawa  •  Sachiko Hidari

Stray Cat Rock: Machine Animal (1970)

Two Japanese men help a Vietnam war deserter escape from Japan for Sweden. They plan to fund the escape by selling LSD pills. After word of the drug deal gets spread around ...  (more)

GENRES: Action • Crime • Drama • Thriller
DIRECTION:  Yasuharu Hasebe
CAST:  Meiko Kaji  •  Tatsuya Fuji  •  Noriko Kurosawa  •  Bunjaku Han

Retaliation (1968)

Two years before they collaborated on the immortal Stray Cat Rock series, director Yasuharu Hasebe and soon-to-be-superstar Meiko Kaji teamed up for this potent gangster flick ...  (more)

GENRES: Action
DIRECTION:  Yasuharu Hasebe
CAST:  Akira Kobayashi  •  Jô Shishido  •  Tamio Kawaji  •  Tatsuya Fuji

Wandering Ginza Butterfly 2: She-Cat Gambler (1972)

Meiko Kaji reprises her role as Nami, a vengeful female gang leader, in the second installment of this high-action series that casts a new actor -- martial arts legend Sonny ...  (more)

GENRES: Action • Drama
DIRECTION:  Kazuhiko Yamaguchi
CAST:  Meiko Kaji  •  Sonny Chiba  •  Junzaburô Ban  •  Yukie Kagawa

Lady Snowblood 2: Love Song of Vengeance (1974)

Lady Snowblood is caught by the police and sentenced to death for her crimes. As she is sent to the gallows she is rescued by the secret police who offer her a deal to ...  (more)

GENRES: Drama • Thriller
DIRECTION:  Toshiya Fujita
CAST:  Meiko Kaji  •  Juzo Itami  •  Kazuko Yoshiyuki  •  Yoshio Harada

Stray Cat Rock: Sex Hunter (1970)

Mako and her girl friends enter a dispute with rival street gangsters The Eagles, a band of racist macho pigs led by the evil Baron, who hate half-breeds (descendents of ...  (more)

GENRES: Action • Thriller
DIRECTION:  Yasuharu Hasebe
CAST:  Meiko Kaji  •  Rikiya Yasuoka  •  Tatsuya Fuji  •  Jirô Okazaki

Blind Woman's Curse (1970) RT Audience 74%

DVD release: Apr 2007

Akemi is a dragon tattooed leader of the Tachibana Yakuza clan. In a duel with a rival gang Akemi slashes the eyes of an opponent and a black cat appears, to lap the blood ...  (more)

GENRES: Action • Crime • Drama • Horror
DIRECTION:  Teruo Ishii
CAST:  Meiko Kaji  •  Hoki Tokuda  •  Makoto Satô  •  Hideo Sunazuka

Female Convict Scorpion: Grudge Song (1973)

Nami (Meiko Kaji) is once again on the run from the law but is saved by an old classmate who works at a strip club. Through a subsequent conversation they discover they both ...  (more)

GENRES: Crime • Drama • Thriller
DIRECTION:  Yasuharu Hasebe
CAST:  Meiko Kaji  •  Masakazu Tamura  •  Yumi Kanei  •  Hiroshi Tsukata

Female Convict Scorpion: Beast Stable (1973)

Following her successful prison break, Scorpion begins this third episode in the series hiding out in a brothel. Her prostitute friend tries to keep her identity secret, but ...  (more)

GENRES: Crime • Drama • Thriller
DIRECTION:  Shunya Ito
CAST:  Meiko Kaji  •  Mikio Narita  •  Reisen Lee  •  Yayoi Watanabe

Female Convict Scorpion: Jailhouse 41 (1972)

Matsu, known to the prisoners as Scorpion, is locked away in the bowels of the prison as revenge for disrupting the smooth operation of the prison and for her disfiguring ...  (more)

GENRES: Action • Crime • Drama • Thriller
DIRECTION:  Shunya Ito
CAST:  Meiko Kaji  •  Fumio Watanabe  •  Kayoko Shiraishi  •  Yuki Arasa

Lady Snowblood (1973)

Yuki's family is nearly wiped out before she is born due to the machinations of a band of criminals. These criminals kidnap and brutalize her mother but leave her alive. Later ...  (more)

GENRES: Action • Drama • Thriller
DIRECTION:  Toshiya Fujita
CAST:  Meiko Kaji  •  Kô Nishimura  •  Toshio Kurosawa  •  Masaaki Daimon

Battles Without Honor and Humanity: Hiroshima Deathmatch (1973)

Repeatedly beat to a pulp by gamblers, cops, and gangsters, lone wolf Shoji Yamanaka finally finds a home as a Muraoka family hitman and falls in love with boss Muraoka's ...  (more)

GENRES: Action • Crime • Drama
DIRECTION:  Kinji Fukasaku
CAST:  Sonny Chiba  •  Bunta Sugawara  •  Meiko Kaji  •  Tatsuo Endô

New Battles Without Honor and Humanity 2: Boss's Head (1975)

The seventh in the shocking "Jingi Naki Tatakai" movie series, which exposes the true lives of the yakuza that is hidden by a mask of "jingi". The next stage of this ...  (more)

GENRES: Action • Crime • Drama
DIRECTION:  Kinji Fukasaku
CAST:  Bunta Sugawara  •  Kô Nishimura  •  Asao Uchida  •  Meiko Kaji

Jinzu burusu: Asu naki furaiha (1974) RT Audience 67%

Hijiriko makes off from the bar she works at with money and a car that isn't hers. Meanwhile, Jiro Katagiri is up to no good with his gangster friends and ends up making off ...  (more)

GENRES: Crime • Thriller
DIRECTION:  Sadao Nakajima
CAST:  Meiko Kaji  •  Ryôhei Uchida  •  Tsunehiko Watase  •  Takuzo Kawatani

Stray Cat Rock: Crazy Rider '71 (1971)

Toshiya Fujita brings the five film Stray Cat Rock series to a highly enjoyable end. Like his previous instalment, Wild Jumbo, Beat ’71 is an easy going youth drama that does ...  (more)

GENRES: Action • Crime • Drama • Thriller
DIRECTION:  Toshiya Fujita
CAST:  Meiko Kaji  •  Takeo Chii  •  Yoshio Inaba  •  Yoshio Harada