Kanashimi no Belladonna


Belladonna of Sadness

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Alternative Titles

Synonyms: Tragedy of Belladonna
Japanese: 哀しみのベラドンナ
English: Belladonna of Sadness
Spanish: Belladonna of Sadness
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Information

Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jun 30, 1973
Producers: None found, add some
Studios: Mushi Production
Source: Book
Genres: Avant GardeAvant Garde, DramaDrama
Theme: HistoricalHistorical
Duration: 1 hr. 27 min.
Rating: R+ - Mild Nudity

Statistics

Score: 7.161 (scored by 1630916,309 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #33752
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #3097
Members: 49,289
Favorites: 711

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Synopsis

The beautiful Jeanne marries a man named Jean, and the happy newlyweds make their way to the Lord's castle with a cow's worth of money for his blessings. However, the demonic Lord is unmoved by their offering, ignoring their desperate, impoverished pleas. The Lord's wife offers an alternative: Jeanne must become the Lord's conquest for the night in a ritual deflowering.

Scarred by the experience, the shaken Jeanne receives no sympathy from her husband. Instead, she is neglected. But as Jeanne drifts off to sleep, she is met by a strange spirit that encourages her to deliver retribution to those who wronged her. And with a mysterious surge of pleasure and an unquenching libido, Jeanne agrees.

Kanashimi no Belladonna is a captivating, psychosexual adventure that tells a story of cunning witchcraft and deceitful superstition in a poor, rural village of medieval France.

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Background

Kanashimi no Belladonna was inspired by the 1862 book La Sorcière (Satanism and Witchcraft) by French historian Jules Michelet. It is the third and final film in the Animerama trilogy conceived by Osamu Tezuka, but it is the only one to be neither written nor directed by him.

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Characters & Voice Actors

Jeanne

Main
Nagayama, Aiko
Japanese

Devil

Main
Nakadai, Tatsuya
Japanese

Jean

Main
Itou, Takao
Japanese

Clown

Supporting
Akino, Taisaku
Japanese

Priest

Supporting
Yonekura, Masakane
Japanese

Narrator

Supporting
Nakayama, Chinatsu
Japanese

Lady

Supporting
Shimegi, Shigako
Japanese

Lord

Supporting
Takahashi, Masaya
Japanese

Staff

Yamamoto, Eiichi
Director, Script
Tashiro, Atsumi
Sound Director
Fukuda, Yoshiyuki
Script
Nakayama, Chinatsu
Theme Song Lyrics, Theme Song Performance


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Opening Theme

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"Aoi Kagami no Naka de (青い鏡のなかで)" by Chinatsu Nakayama
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Ending Theme

"Kanashimi no Belladonna (哀しみのベラドンナ)" by Mayumi Tachibana




Reviews

Jun 13, 2023
Provacative, surreal, and psychedelic, this is a film unlike anything I've seen before. The artstyle, sometimes muted, washed with watercolor dripping down the screen, and other times loud with vivid reds and greens that pop out at the viewer, is as beautiful as it is haunting. The animation, minimal at best, is slightly choppy but surprisingly very fluid during very specific scenes. It all feels purposefully done, as if to make those scenes stand out even more than the others. The music also serves a very large role, other than the instruments helping to convey the tone of the scene, often the singer will serve ...
Nov 27, 2023
Mixed Feelings
Bro, I hate making long reviews.

Anyway, Belladonna of Sadness is quite a masterpiece when it comes to symbolics and artstyle, but overall - not so much.
Sure it is about a woman who explores depths of her own mind and body, but I wouldn't say it's really that interesting.

Symbolics such as the devil, the whole belladonna thing and colour symbolics are really good, they actually made me interested in this whole film.
I also can't complain about the animation, it's a anime from 1973, we can't expect Studio Bones like quality. Artstyle - absolutely gorgeous, it truly made the movie stand out from ...
Oct 18, 2023
Psychedelic shitshow that sexualises sexual violence and abuse towards women. I think I made a mistake watching this because Osamu Dezaki was involved and Tatsuya Nakadai voice acted in it, lesson learnt. It's supposed to be about sexual liberation but the art is crude and brutally exploitative. The creator of this movie were probably a bunch of men with no idea the nuance of the experience of woman and their sexuality. Really unique art and watercolours used, really some of the frames were gorgeous. But tacky and gaudy execution.

I rarely write reviews, i just hate this movie so much i had to write one.

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