Discotek Media will be releasing the Blu-ray (Region A) for Sex and Fury (read our review) later this year. Directed by Norifumi Suzuki (Killing Machine), this 1973 ‘pinky violence’ film features Reiko Ike (New Battles Without Honor and Humanity, Cops vs Thugs) and will include a new HD transfer.
In the Meiji period, Ocho seeks vengeance against three gangsters who murdered her father, provides refuge to a wanted anarchist, and faces off against a British spy.
Norifumi Suzuki’s Sex and Fury owes some of its lasting appeal to its purported influence on Kill Bill. There are certainly visuals and themes that will remind modern audiences of Tarantino’s epic, but Sex and Fury is a scuzzier affair than most of Kill Bill’s other Eastern influences. It’s a down-and-dirty exploitation film that also happens to be beautifully shot, and part of the appeal is Suzuki’s ability to find moments of sublimity in all of the sleaze. In this sense, it’s not hard to see why Suzuki’s work would have an effect on a wave of later filmmakers, Tarantino included, who went further in combining grindhouse subject matter with arthouse sensibilities.