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Tura Satana

Tura Satana, the actress whose authoritative presence, exotic looks and buxom frame commanded the attention of viewers of Russ Meyer’s 1965 cult movie “Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!”, died on Friday evening in Reno, Nev.

The death was announced by her longtime manager, Siouxzan Perry, who said the cause of death was believed to be heart failure. Ms. Perry said Ms. Satana was 72 when she died, though other sources listed her birth year as 1935.

Born Tura Luna Pascual Yamaguchi in Hokkaido, Japan, to a father of Japanese and Filipino descent and a mother who was Cheyenne Indian and Scots-Irish, Ms. Satana spent part of her childhood in the Manzanar internment camp near Independence, Calif., before her family settled in Chicago. Her Asian background and looks and the fact that she developed early led to frequent harassment and assaults, and she led an itinerant lifestyle, working as an exotic dancer and nude model. She even posed for erotic photographs taken by Harold Lloyd, the former silent comedian, who suggested she pursue an acting career.  

Her breakthrough role came in “Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!”, a Meyer exploitation film that, in stark opposition to the director’s later works, featured no nudity. In that film, Ms. Satana played Varla, the leader of a gang of go-go dancers who kidnap a couple, murder the boyfriend and force the girlfriend to follow them on further lawless adventures.

Ms. Satana’s portrayal of Varla as a brazenly violent but unapologetically feminine woman who frequently upbraids the men who dare to ogle her — when a gas-station attendant tells her he believes in “seeing America first,” Varla replies, “You won’t find it down there, Columbus!” — earned her a cult following that endured long after the drive-in era. In later decades, the influence of Ms. Satana’s no-nonsense attitude could be seen in pop-cultural artifacts ranging from “Xena, Warrior Princess” to Quentin Tarantino’s “Kill Bill” movies.

Ms. Satana is survived by two daughters, Kalani and Jade, and two sisters, Pamela and Kim, according to Ms. Perry. Ms. Perry said a memorial service was being planned for around July 10, Ms. Satana’s birthday.

This movie has effected my life more than any other, I have dedicated websites to it that were popular and long forgotten, I have preached the good word of Tura online for 15 plus years. My favorite movie.

Luckily I got to meet Russ Meyer in the mid 1990’s in San Francisco and cornered him before a radio interview, I spent a good 15 minutes with him. It wasn’t the stereotypical fan talking to a director episode, it was really nice and he seemed relaxed. I got to meet Tura a few years later when the conventions took off, both experiences were great.

I don’t care who you are (cause I have been drinking) but if you dont know who Tura Satana is you are in the dark. I would like to brag that 75% of all the pictures you see on the internet of her are the shit I have put out it for the last 15 years … but I have no proof (other than some crazy csi bullshit that I can swear I can prove with enough motivation or liquor) By far the greatest movie I have seen since 1986 is Faster Pussycat Kill Kill. The campiness, the color, the hidden double entendres, the cool ass cars, and the heavy lesbian undertones make easily registerably as the greatest movie ever.

 If you feel that three mostly lesbian gogo dancers (strippers) who go out into the desert to race sports cars, then decide to take a detour and kick a bunch of square mens asses for fun and money is crap then … I am sorry for you. You have to remember this was made in 1965. That adds to the kick ass factor.

Songs have been written about Tura, Comics have been written, and conventions have been held.

Nuff said,

as much as I enjoy twisted horror, and shocking story lines, this movie bit. Sadly creating a human centipede wasnt even that exciting, even when they were attached ass to mouth. dissapointing.

I mean I really appreciate crap movies, but i believe there must of been alot of self promoting trying to make this movie a viral thing. which kinda insults me even more. Also assuming that this would be the sickest movie I have ever scene, obviously they dont know who John Waters, Peter Jackson or Hershell Gordon Lewis is. I didnt think the movie was all that bad till I watched the directors self promotion shit on you tube. I mean if you wanna be sick, just do it dont go telling me about it and then not deliverying.

JMHO

I guess I just didnt find it gross, just stupid, and not the good stupid.

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