Just in time for Valentine’s Day and in celebration of the iconic star’s 70th birthday in March, New York’s Japan Society will present Cruel Beauty: A Romantic Weekend with Meiko Kaji from February 10th through the 12th. The five-film retrospective is guest curated by producer Marc Walkow (The ABCs of Death), and features a selection of works from the height of the actor’s career.
Festivities begin with New Battles Without Honor and Humanity: The Boss’s Head (director Kinji FUKASAKU, Toei, 1975) on February 10th, continue with Lady Snowblood: Love Song of Vengeance (director Toshiya FUJITA, Toho, 1974) and Stray Cat Rock: Sex Hunter (director Yasuharu HASEBE, Nikkatsu, 1970) on February 11th, and conclude with Eiga · Bouei favorite Blind Woman’s Curse (director Teruo ISHII, Nikkatsu, 1970) and Female Prisoner Scorpion: Beast Stable (director Shunya ITŌ, Toei, 1973) on February 12th. Tickets are $13 per film ($10 for seniors / students, or $9 for Japan Society members), or $50 for an all access pass ($35 seniors / students, $30 Japan Society members).
Details, a full schedule, and tickets are available through the Japan Society site. Trailers for the films follow below. Lady Snowblood: Love Song of Vengeance is out on Blu-ray / DVD from The Criterion Collection, while Stray Cat Rock: Sex Hunter, Blind Woman’s Curse and Female Prisoner Scorpion: Beast Stable are out on Blu-ray / DVD from Arrow Video.