Belladonna of Sadness
- Street Date:
- July 12th, 2016
- Movie Release Year:
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- Release Country
- United States
Animation, Drama, Fantasy
Tatsuya Nakadai, Katsuyuki Itô, Aiko Nagayama
One of the great lost masterpieces of Japanese animation, never before officially released in the U.S., BELLADONNA OF SADNESS is a mad, swirling, psychedelic light-show of medieval tarot-card imagery with horned demons, haunted forests and La Belle Dame Sans Merci, equal parts J.R.R. Tolkien and gorgeous, explicit Gustav Klimt-influenced eroticism. The last film in the adult-themed Animerama trilogy produced by the godfather of Japanese anime & manga, Osamu Tezuka and directed by his long time collaborator Eiichi Yamamoto ("ASTRO BOY" and "KIMBA THE WHITE LION"), BELLADONNA unfolds as a series of spectacular still watercolor paintings that bleed and twist together. An innocent young woman, Jeanne (voiced by Aiko Nagayama) is violently raped by the local lord on her wedding night. To take revenge, she makes a pact with the Devil himself (voiced by Tatsuya Nakadai, from Akira Kurosawa's RAN) who appears as an erotic sprite and transforms her into a black-robed vision of madness and desire.
- New 4K Feature Restoration from the original 35mm camera negative and sound elements -- including over 8 minutes of surreal an explicit footage cut from the negative.
- NEW video interview with Director Eiichi Yamamoto
- NEW video interview with Art Director Kuni Fukai
- NEW video interview with Composer Masahiko Satoh
- 16-page booklet