Decapitation of an Evil Woman

In Exotic Nuts on June 28, 2013 at 5:14 pm

Title: Decapitation of an Evil Woman (Samurai Excecutioner: Poisonous Oden And Decapitator)
Production: Japan 1977
Director: Yûji Makiguchi
Cast: Terumi Azuma, Yoshinobu Hirose, Takuzô Kawatani
Run Time: 62min
Circulation: NTSC DVDr
Generation/Source: DVD Master
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: English

A lordretsudo project that enhances the Japanese release with custom English subtitles.


An unusual blending of elements comes together in this crime story drawn from Japanese history.  During the early Meiji period a number of “Dokufu” (Poison Women) committed a significant number of murders.  These crimes were most often committed by wives on their husbands in order to be together with their lovers.  At that time women were executed in the same manner as men, to wit: by being decapitated.  This is the story of the most notorious of all, Takahashi Oden who, in 1879, was the last woman executed by decapitation in Japan.  The blending in this film was done by utilizing characteristics of a popular manga about the executioner known as Head-Chopper Asaemon (a hereditary post, all of whom had the same name) and giving him a history with Oden which surfaces on the execution grounds when her hood is removed and they see each other.  This particular story has been used both in the “Samurai Executioner” manga as the second Volume: “Yoshitsugu-Yamada Asaemon the Third” and in history books, most notably Hillsborough’s “Samurai Sketches.”


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