Vintage Pulp Oct 27 2009
REVERSE ANGLE
A new perspective on a Japanese classic.

This poster for Zenka onna: koroshi-bushi, aka Criminal Woman: Killing Melody is one of the more common pinku images on the internet and, for that reason, we weren’t going to post it. But then we decided to do it anyway because, with only one exception, every site we saw had this piece reversed. Yeah, we know—those Japanese characters look the same backward and forward. But let's show some respect. So for the record, the poster is correctly oriented the way we have it above.

As for the movie, well you’ve got Reiko Ike, action, gore, prison, and co-star Miki Sugimoto, all in a fast-paced, straightforward revenge flick in which the women are willing to do whatever it takes to come out on top. Sugimoto compares Ike at one point to a viper, and Ike returns the compliment, calling Sugimoto a rattlesnake. That about covers it. Zenka onna: koroshi-bushi is one of the better entries you'll find in Toei Studios' pinku catalog. It opened in Japan today in 1973.
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1949—First Emmy Awards Are Presented
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Charles Manson and three female members of his "family" are found guilty of the 1969 Tate-LaBianca murders, which Manson orchestrated in hopes of bringing about Helter Skelter, an apocalyptic war he believed would arise between blacks and whites.
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1961—Plane Carrying Nuclear Bombs Crashes
A B-52 Stratofortress carrying two H-bombs experiences trouble during a refueling operation, and in the midst of an emergency descent breaks up in mid-air over Goldsboro, North Carolina. Five of the six arming devices on one of the bombs somehow activate before it lands via parachute in a wooded region where it is later recovered. The other bomb does not deploy its chute and crashes into muddy ground at 700 mph, disintegrating while driving its radioactive core fifty feet into the earth, where it remains to this day.
January 23
1912—International Opium Convention Signed
The International Opium Convention is signed at The Hague, Netherlands, and is the first international drug control treaty. The agreement was signed by Germany, the U.S., China, France, the UK, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Persia, Portugal, Russia, and Siam.
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