One such judgment I and fans look up to was her decision to leave Nikkatsu studios in about 1971 when the company began to move in the direction of its softcore Pinku/Roman Porno films for which it is often most remembered for. Kaji decided her career direction laid more with Pinky Violence films which emphasized violence and revenge oriented plots over gratuitous sex. She certainly owed Nikkatsu some gratitude for helping her land some starring roles in the Stray Cat Rock (Alley Cat Rock) series with director Yasuharu Hasebe as well as her famous female Zatoichi type role in Blind Woman’s Curse (which I just recalled I have seen as well but need a rewatch) but she did not want to become simply another Pink Eiga star and left for a lucrative stint at Toei Pictures. There she created some of her most memorable roles. First in the Sasori (scorpion) series as a female convict then in her Lady Snowblood and Wandering Ginza Butterfly films. She stopped the Sasori series after four films because she was burned out with the role and did not like Toei replacing the series director Shunya Ito with her old Nikattsu director Yasuharu Hasebe. She exudes a strong screen presence that belays her small stature. She did not take her clothes off (though there is a moment of brief nudity in the first Scorpion Convict film) and her characters had an almost samurai sense of code and honor. Her characters were often blood covered and with a fixed and firm stare that was Dirty Harry like in nature.
Okay, I am not going to go through the hassle of uploading then embedding three songs, so here is one sample of a Meiko Kajii ballad from Blossoming Night Dreams, a movie much wilder than its title implies.
BLOSSOMING NIGHT DREAMS TITLE SONG