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"Zero Woman: Red Handcuffs" Blu-ray Announcement!
New 4K restoration of Japanese cult classic features a video essay by yours truly!
The word is just getting out this weekend about the upcoming limited edition Blu-ray of the 1974 Japanese cult film Zero Woman: Red Handcuffs, coming soon from Neon Eagle Video in a new 4K restoration.
Directed by Yukio Noda and starring Miki Sugimoto and Go Eiji, this is one of the roughest and toughest exploitation films that Toei Studios ever produced, and perhaps my personal favorite of the "Pinky Violence" titles that Japan made for the swingin’ grindhouses of the 1970s. Watch the trailer... if you dare!
I'm happy to say I was asked to write and appear in a video essay about the making and impact of Zero Woman: Red Handcuff included with the disc. I hope it will thrill you!
Full details about the release follow below, and a link to the pre-order page is here. BOOM!
When renegade cop Rie (played by top Toei starlet Miki Sugimoto — Girl Boss: Escape from Reform School) goes too far in bringing justice to untouchable bigwigs, only a dangerous mission to rescue a politician’s daughter will keep her out of jail for good. She readily takes on the task, only to find it more complicated and deadly than she suspected. After a relentless pursuit and run-ins with despicable yakuza thugs, Rei finds herself a target of a wider criminal conspiracy the outcome of which will leave almost no one alive.
Zero Woman: Red Handcuffs is a prime example of the “pinky violence” series of exploitation films that were made at Toei Studios in the early to mid-1970s. Though a short-lived genre, several true cult classics were made, of which Zero Woman: Red Handcuffs is one of the best and most influential. Based on an infamous adult manga series, this film is a delirious riot of action, sleaze, and outrageous style directed by genre master Yukio Noda (Golgo 13: Assignment Kowloon). Neon Eagle Video delivers Zero Woman: Red Handcuffs to it’s worldwide Blu-ray debut from a gorgeous new blood-splattered 4K restoration!
4K restoration / 1080p presentation
Japanese 2.0 mono
Audio commentary by film historian Samm Deighan
Pinky Violence: TokyoScope author Patrick Macias on Zero Woman: Red Handcuffs
Full color booklet with brand new essay by Chris D., author of Outlaw Masters of Japanese Film - limited edition only
Limited slipcover with artwork by Justin Coffee - limited edition only
Reversible Blu-ray wrap with alternate artwork
Limited to 1500 copies, Region A
1974 / Japan / Pinky Violence, Action, Crime / Director - Yukio Noda
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