The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

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Joshuu 701-gô: Sasori
(Female Prisoner #701: Scorpion; aka Matsu the Scorpion)
(Shunya Ito; 1972)


Steve said...

This film is so goddamn awesome. And its followup is even cooler. I can only aspire to be as badass as Scorpion.

Richard Gibson said...

I just caught 'Female Convict Scorpion' at NFT on Friday and was suitably impressed.

I haven't seen this but see it's getting an official DVD re-release next month here in UK.

Vanwall said...

Meiko Kaji. That's all need be said. With her other iconic role in Shurayukihime, I see her influence on every other heroine-fatal in so many action flicks, with no real attribution, and maybe because there's no comparison - she was the first and best.