Known for her fashionable modern style, long black tresses and piercing gaze, the inimitable Meiko Kaji rose to the top of the Japanese film industry in the late 1960's and '70s, working with some of the era's most talented filmmakers to create several now-classic genre archetypes along the way-from hard-boiled girl gang bosses to kimono-clad, sword-wielding assassins. Japan Society celebrates the iconic star (who turns 70 in March) with a pre-Valentine's Day weekend of full female rebellion, ice-cold vengeance and tough love. There will be six of her most memorable films shown. Above photo from the film "Lady Snowblood: Love Song of Vengeance." Guest curator Marc Walkow.

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