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Belladonna Art Contest


One of the great lost masterpieces of Japanese animation, BELLADONNA OF SADNESS is a mad, swirling, psychedelic light-show of medieval tarot-card imagery with horned demons, haunted forests and La Belle Dame Sans Merci. Equal parts J.R.R. Tolkien and gorgeous, explicit Gustav Klimt-influenced eroticism, BELLADONNA is an art lover’s dream. In the four decades since its initial release, the film has inspired a rabid cult following, amassing devoted fans from the worlds of fashion, fine art, film and music (Sonic Youth, to cite one of our favorite examples, has been known to perform a live score to bootlegged copies of the film). Cinelicious Pics is extremely proud to be partnering with SpectreVision and Cinefamily in bringing BELLADONNA OF SADNESS to a new generation of audiences.

The goal of this contest is to inspire artists and generate excitement in the art community for the release of our new restoration of this truly amazing film. The entries to this contest are meant to promote our release of the film. Unlike many other contests, we want you to benefit from your time and hard work. To that end, you will be given full credit for your artwork in any and all instances of it’s use. When applicable, we will provide links to the URL of your choice and any and all artists whose entries become limited edition prints will be compensated.

The entries will be judged in by Cinelicious staff as well as three industry professionals. Meet the judges!



Please use the images and trailer below to help inspire you.  We’ve also created a tumblr page where additional images and stills from the film have been shared.




Contest Details:

Anything goes, there are no rules save your own imagination. There are some basic guidelines, which are as follows:
  1. Art must be 18″ wide x 24″ tall, (add 1/4″ bleed if design goes off the edge of the paper). NOTE: your physical artwork can be smaller.  So long as your artwork can be scanned at high resolution for printing at 18×24.
  2. Art submissions should be in JPG format and should not exceed 10mb. If your artwork is selected for printing, we’ll require a 300dpi PDF image in CMYK colorspace, so have one ready, but for submission purposes please keep your files sizes under 10mb.
  3. All art submitted will still belong to you (the artist). Click here for Terms & Conditions.
  4. All art must be submitted no later than: 11:59 PM PST,  April 1st, 2016.
  5. Your design is up to you.  We are providing 10 still frames from the film for your use or inspiration.  You may use (or not use) them as you wish.  (link above).

Submissions or Questions/Commnets…Please send to: craig@cinelicious.tv


THE NEW YORK TIMES: Japan Cuts Film Festival at Japan Society Emphasizes the Eccentric



By Mike Hale
July 3, 2015

The annual cinematic cornucopia known as Japan Cuts — the largest festival of Japanese film in the United States — has previously been presented in association with the even larger New York Asian Film Festival. This year, its ninth, Japan Cuts is going it alone as it presents 28 features and a program of experimental shorts beginning Thursday through July 19 at Japan Society in Manhattan.

The most distinctive item on the program is this restoration of a 1973 animated feature produced by the anime legend Osamu Tezuka and directed by his colleague Eiichi Yamamoto. It’s an Age of Aquarius curio, based on a 19th-century study of witchcraft and featuring alternately flowery and surprisingly graphic depictions of sex. (No one under 18 will be admitted to the screening.) Fair warning: The story, about a peasant woman assaulted by the king on her wedding night, is both a female-empowerment fable and a rape fantasy, in which the initial attack is followed by less violent anime-style intrusions of flowering tendrils and devilish imps. But the impact of the story is secondary to the strangeness and beauty of the mostly still images (the camera moves slowly across them) done in styles resembling Klimt, O’Keeffe, Op Art, Ralph Steadman and the higher class of Playboy illustration.

Belladonna of Sadness



1973 | dir: Eiichi Yamamoto | 86 min

First-ever U.S. Theatrical Release

One of the great lost masterpieces of Japanese animation, never before officially released in the U.S., BELLADONNA OF SADNESS is a mad, swirling, psychedelic light-show of medieval tarot-card imagery with horned demons, haunted forests and La Belle Dame Sans Merci, equal parts J.R.R. Tolkien and gorgeous, explicit Gustav Klimt-influenced eroticism. The last film in the adult-themed Animerama trilogy produced by the godfather of Japanese anime & manga, Osamu Tezuka and directed by his long time collaborator Eiichi Yamamoto (“ASTRO BOY” and “KIMBA THE WHITE LION”), BELLADONNA unfolds as a series of spectacular still watercolor paintings that bleed and twist together. An innocent young woman, Jeanne (voiced by Aiko Nagayama) is violently raped by the local lord on her wedding night. To take revenge, she makes a pact with the Devil himself (voiced by Tatsuya Nakadai, from Akira Kurosawa’s RAN) who appears as an erotic sprite and transforms her into a black-robed vision of madness and desire.

Extremely transgressive and not for the easily offended, BELLADONNA is fueled by a mindblowing Japanese psych rock soundtrack by noted avant-garde jazz composer Masahiko Satoh. The film has been newly restored by Cinelicious Pics using the original 35mm camera negative and sound elements – and including over 8 minutes of surreal and explicit footage cut from the negative. On par with Rene Laloux’s FANTASTIC PLANET and Ralph Bakshi’s WIZARDS as an LSD-stoked 1970s head trip, BELLADONNA marks a major rediscovery for animation fans. If Led Zeppelin had a favorite film, this would be it. In other words, Stairway to Hell. (In Japanese with English subtitles.)


“A bewitching masterpiece”
Glenn Kenny – The New York Times

“See Belladonna now or be damned to perdition!”
Robert Brenner – The Huffington Post

“Belladonna of Sadness is a major re-discovery”
Ignatiy Vishnevetsky – A.V. Club

“Yamamoto’s magnum opus may have gotten here four decades behind schedule, but the wait was more than worth it.”
Charles Bramesco – UPROXX

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