Belladonna of Sadness

Belladonna of Sadness
  • 1973
  • Japan
  • 1h 33min
  • Directed by: Eiichi Yamamoto
  • Cast: Tatsuya Nakadai, Katsuyuki Itô, Aiko Nagayama
  • Language: Japanese

An erotic, violent, psychedelic anime about a peasant woman accused of witchcraft following a traumatic experience.

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Restored version of one of the most original cult anime films ever.

This rarely seen 1973 anime is hailed as one of the most innovative and highly imaginative animated films. Surreal, dreamy, violent, sexual and visceral, illustrator Juni Fukai’s style is vividly brought to the screen by director Eiichi Yamamoto in this adaptation of French historian Jules Michelet’s novel Lèr. This story of Joan of Arc sees her banished from her village and make a pact with the devil to gain magical abilities, while a folk-rock soundtrack helps define a medieval yet also otherworldly atmosphere.

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