Belladonna of Sadness
Kanashimi no Beradonna
An explicit revenge drama, told in a unique anime style.
Dir Eiichi Yamamoto
With the voices of Tatsuya Nakadai, Katsuyuki Itô, Aiko Nagayama
Unseen for many years until its recent restoration, Belladonna of Sadness is an explicit revenge drama based on Jules Michelet’s book Satanism and Witchcraft. A feudal lord in the middle-ages commits a terrible crime against a couple of newlyweds in a harrowing, sexually violent story. Although the film is troubling, it remains a true anime classic, combining vivid watercolours with western artistic influences such as Gustav Klimt.