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Belladonna of Sadness

Belladonna of Sadness
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Belladonna of Sadness

1973 / 93min / DCP

DIRECTOR: EIICHI YAMAMOTO

CAST: TATSUYA NAKADAI

WRITERS - YOSHIYUKI FUKUDA AND EIICHI YAMAMOTO
MUSIC - MASAHIKO SATô

One of the great lost masterpieces of Japanese and adult animation, Belladonna of Sadness has never before been officially released in the U.S. With its horned demons, haunted forests, and explicit eroticism, this mad, swirling, psychedelic light show is equal parts J. R. R. Tolkien and Gustav Klimt. Produced by the godfather of Japanese anime and manga, Osamu Tezuka, and directed by Eiichi Yamamoto, Belladonna—about an innocent young woman who makes a pact with the devil (voiced by Tatsuya Nakadai!) to take revenge on the local lord who raped her on her wedding night—unfolds as a series of spectacular, still watercolor paintings that bleed and twist together. Transgressive and not for the easily offended, Belladonna of Sadness has been newly restored from the original 35mm camera negative and sound elements, and features over eight minutes of footage cut from the original version.

A Cinelicious Pics release