This set contains the films BLACK ANGEL I, BLACK ANGEL II, and PISTOL OPERA.
BLACK ANGEL: The fetching Riona Hazuki (PARASITE EVE) stars in this Japanese crime film as Ikko, a woman who calls herself the Black Angel and is out to get her revenge on a yakuza boss named Nogi. When she was a girl, Nogi had Ikko's family slaughtered, and she was saved only because a mysterious woman known as the Black Angel saved her life. Having decided to emulate her savior, Ikko heads down a dangerous path as she attempts to destroy Nogi, now one of the most powerful Yakuza bosses in Japan. Directed by former manga artist Takashi Ishii (GONIN), BLACK ANGEL is a visual marvel. Filled with beautiful wide angle camerawork that distorts and dramatizes the cramped urban setting, BLACK ANGEL is an excellent and entertaining thriller.
BLACK ANGEL II: Yuki Amami is the Black Angel, in this sequel to the original film. The Angel is ordered to hit a powerful syndicate boss. However, the hit goes awry when the boss's guard steps in, who turns out to be none other than Yamambe, the man who rescued her from being raped years ago and with whom she has been in love ever since. However, when she is ordered to carry out the hit again, the Black Angel faces a difficult decision.
PISTOL OPERA: Seijun Suzuki, the legendary Japanese director probably best known for the cult hit BRANDED TO KILL, returns with this movie about a league of killers for hire. Something of a sequel to BRANDED TO KILL, the film stars Makiko Esumi as a killer named Miyuki Minazuki but known as "Stray Cat," the number three assassin in Japan's professional killer guild. As in its predecessor, number three is contacted by the guild and ordered to kill number one. Knowing that if she succeeds she will become number one, Miyuki embarks on a difficult and dangerous mission to kill the elusive number one. Told in Suzuki's trademark style that blends a fractured narrative with lurid and heavily stylized action sequences, PISTOL OPERA is another brilliant work from a great director.