I have been catching up on 70s exploitation star Mieko Kaji's filmography to prepare for reading a book about her (Unchained Melody: The Films of Meiko Kaji). The last one on my list was Blind Woman's Curse (1970), Kaji's first starring role in Teruo Ishii's yakuza revenge-horror film. It is unusual in that it is a mix female yakuza film and traditional Japanese ghost story with some grotesque-erotica thrown in. There is a hunch back in the film that is played by Tatsumi Hijikata, the creator of Butoh dance performance art that is avant-garde and is contrary to traditional Japanese dance and western ballet. Serendipitously, I had been reading about Ian Buruma who was a follower of the theater and dance movements of Japan in the 70s prior to seeing this. All in all, it is a visual spectacle and a lot of fun. I saw the Arrow Blu-ray version that includes: a new high definition digital transfer of the film prepared by Nikkatsu Studios, is presented in High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD, has uncompressed mono PCM audio, with newly translated English subtitles, audio commentary by Japanese cinema expert Jasper Sharp, an original Trailer, and Trailers for four of the films in the Meiko Kaji-starring Stray Cat Rock series, made at the same studio as Blind Woman's Curse, a reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Gilles Vranckx, and a collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by Japanese cinema expert Tom Mes, illustrated with original archive stills.