Femmes Fatales Apr 14 2022
DEW IT RIGHT
Flower care instructions: give plenty of light, keep warm, water daily.


It's been a few years since we last saw Japanese pinku actress Meg Flower, but we're revisiting her today because, like many female action stars of her era, she has astounding promo photos. Add this one to the list, as we continue to swim against the tide of new Puritanism by sharing beautiful nudes. As we've mentioned before, sex is the motivational drive for protagonists from the earliest pulp literature up to and through every generation of crime, noir, and action films. Pinku movies, particularly those from Toei Company's pinky violence cycle, were the apotheosis of Japanese action cinema and tore the veil from what had previously only been hinted at. Photographed by Kenji Nagatomo, this shot was published in a couple of places, but it originated as a foldout inside Flower's 1971 album Sasayaki Tameiki Modae, aka Whisper Sigh Mood. Indeed. There's a song on it called, “Last Dance to Me,” but you can be sure this isn't our last dance with Meg. To see more images of her click here and here.

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Femmes Fatales Mar 11 2018
GOLDEN DELICIOUS
Just to be clear—we're not referring to the apple.


Above, a little triptych of photos featuring Japanese pinku actress Meg Flower looking like she's had an encounter with Auric Goldfinger. This is the third time we've featured her as a femme fatale but we actually don't know much about her, having seen only one of her movies, 1972's Wandering Ginza Butterfly, in which she was minor support. She has some starring turns, though. We'll try to locate some of those and report back.

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Intl. Notebook Oct 9 2013
WATER BLOSSOM
October showers bring Meg Flowers.

Above, an image of Japanese actress Meg Flower, aka Meg Flowers, which we're posting because today is her birthday, and that's all the excuse we need. She was born in 1951, and this shot of her in some sort of high-tech shower was made around 1971.

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Vintage Pulp Feb 19 2013
THE AMAZING GINZA BLADE
Slices a tomato so thin you can almost see through it! But wait! There’s more! It also works great on Yakuza!

It’s been a while since we had any Meiko Kaji on the site, so today we have four posters—two normal sized and two panel length—for 1971’s Ginchô wataridori, aka Wandering Ginza Butterfly, and 1972’s Ginchô nagaremono mesuneko bakuchi, aka Wandering Ginza: She-Cat Gambler. Haven’t seen them? Well, in our opinion, part two is vastly better than the first installment, but neither is up to the standard of Lady Snowblood. Still though, there are Yakuza and she kills them. What more could you want? You also get Meg Flower in part one, and Sonny Chiba in part two—both good additions. Kaji is still going strong in show business, by the way, having appeared in nine episodes of the Japanese television series Kekkon Shinai in 2012. We have some extremely rare posters of hers we’ll get to shortly.

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Femmes Fatales Sep 20 2012
HOTHOUSE FLOWER
Meg at the moment of blooming.

So, here’s another of those pinku promos we’ve been saving up. This one features Japanese actress and pop singer Meg Flower in an unusual pose that hints at provocation even as she tastefully covers her, um, flower. We'll have plenty more Miss Meg down the line.

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History Rewind
The headlines that mattered yesteryear.
April 24
1967—First Space Program Casualty Occurs
Soviet cosmonaut Vladimir Komarov dies in Soyuz 1 when, during re-entry into Earth's atmosphere after more than ten successful orbits, the capsule's main parachute fails to deploy properly, and the backup chute becomes entangled in the first. The capsule's descent is slowed, but it still hits the ground at about 90 mph, at which point it bursts into flames. Komarov is the first human to die during a space mission.
April 23
1986—Otto Preminger Dies
Austro–Hungarian film director Otto Preminger, who directed such eternal classics as Laura, Anatomy of a Murder, Carmen Jones, The Man with the Golden Arm, and Stalag 17, and for his efforts earned a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame, dies in New York City, aged 80, from cancer and Alzheimer's disease.
1998—James Earl Ray Dies
The convicted assassin of American civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr., petty criminal James Earl Ray, dies in prison of hepatitis aged 70, protesting his innocence as he had for decades. Members of the King family who supported Ray's fight to clear his name believed the U.S. Government had been involved in Dr. King's killing, but with Ray's death such questions became moot.
April 22
1912—Pravda Is Founded
The newspaper Pravda, or Truth, known as the voice of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, begins publication in Saint Petersburg. It is one of the country's leading newspapers until 1991, when it is closed down by decree of then-President Boris Yeltsin. A number of other Pravdas appear afterward, including an internet site and a tabloid.
1983—Hitler's Diaries Found
The German magazine Der Stern claims that Adolf Hitler's diaries had been found in wreckage in East Germany. The magazine had paid 10 million German marks for the sixty small books, plus a volume about Rudolf Hess's flight to the United Kingdom, covering the period from 1932 to 1945. But the diaries are subsequently revealed to be fakes written by Konrad Kujau, a notorious Stuttgart forger. Both he and Stern journalist Gerd Heidemann go to trial in 1985 and are each sentenced to 42 months in prison.
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