Friday, 12 October 2007
Close-Up Blog-a-thon - The Lovely Meiko Kaji
This post is another entry as part of the Close-Up blog-a-thon (running between Oct. 12-21).
Meiko Kaji was one of the major actors of the popular 60s and 70s Japanese exploitation films - she starred in the Female Convict Scorpion series as well as Lady Snowblood. She continues to work today, though mostly in TV, and is known as a confident, intelligent and often outspoken woman. She also possesses an intense gaze and a fascinating, expressive face.
As I was watching 1970's "Blind Woman's Curse" awhile ago (her first film billed as Meiko Kaji), I was struck by the number of close-ups director Teruo Ishii had of her. And I don't blame him - she's stunning. She runs through a number of emotions throughout the film, but never loses her composure or her strength.
The following shot occurs as she watches another woman walk away with a man she is interested in. You can almost see those daggers flying out from her eyes...
Do not mess with her.