Screencap from A Go-Go Youth (青春ア・ゴーゴー), 1966.

Screencap from A Go-Go Youth (青春ア・ゴーゴー), 1966.

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Poster announcing that Masako Ota (太田雅子) was changing her name to Meiko Kaji (梶芽衣子).

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Poster announcing that Masako Ota (太田雅子) was changing her name to Meiko Kaji (梶芽衣子).

Poster for Monument To The Girls’ Corps (あゝひめゆりの塔) and a close up of Meiko Kaji (梶芽衣子) in it. If you want more info about this movie, I recommend the Midnight Eye review. I’ll copy and paste the relevant bit from it here:

Among the ensemble of schoolgirls in indentical white head scarves only the hawkeyed will likely spot Meiko Kaji, still credited under her birth name Masako Ota. However, as the story progresses, the focus gradually narrows over the course of the running time, down to a quintet of intrepid girls that include Kaji. The weight of the drama, however, is fully on the shoulders of Yoshinaga, who was in every way Kaji’s polar opposite, a fresh-faced starlet who would go on to be one of the most in-demand actresses of the next two decades (and is currently making a rather puzzlingly sudden comeback through films such as Isao Yukisada’s Year One in the North / Kita no Zero-nen). Masuda also realised the difference between the two, even at this early stage in their careers, and it is fascinating to see how much of their temperament (or rather, the direction in which studio management wished to push them) shines through in the film: When the two girls carry a wounded soldier to his bunk, they implore a former teacher of theirs to move out of the way and let them pass. But the bespectacled man just sits there, muttering that all is lost for Japan. No prizes for guessing which of the two girls steps forward to strike an angry blow across the coward’s face.

Adventure With Him (あいつとの冒険) lobby card, 1965.

Adventure With Him (あいつとの冒険) lobby card, 1965.

Press photo for I Will Not Cry (私は泣かない), 1966.
Meiko’s on the far right. :)

Press photo for I Will Not Cry (私は泣かない), 1966.

Meiko’s on the far right. :)

On April 2nd, Japanese distributor Happinet will be releasing for the first time on DVD the film I Wanted To Meet And I Want To See You (逢いたくて逢いたくて), originally released in 1966. Meiko has a supporting role in the film alongside frequent co-stars Chieko Matsubara (松原智恵子) and Tetsuya Watari (渡 哲也). You can see her on the far left of the second image.

Check the tag for more images from the film.

You can pre-order the DVD at Amazon.jp.

Poster for Goodbye Tears (涙くんさようなら), and close up of Meiko in the bottom corner, released in 1966.

Poster for Duel In The Red Valley (赤い 谷間 の 決 斗), released December 28, 1965, and close up of Meiko on it. The film was directed by Toshio Masuda 舛田利雄 and stars Tetsuya Watari 渡 哲也 and Yujiro Ishihara 石原 裕次郎 alongside the 18 year old Meiko Kaji (appearing under her birth name Masako Ota 太田雅子).

As far as I know, it was only ever released on VHS.

On February 4th, 2014 Japanese distributor Happinet will be releasing a newly remastered DVD of the film Zessho 絶唱. As you can see from that second image, it has a very, very young Meiko Kaji (under her birth name Masako Ota) in it.

It came out on September 17th, 1966, was directed by Katsumi Nishikawa 西河克己 and also stars Masako Izumi 和泉雅子 and Kazuo Funaki 舟木一夫.

The disc is Region 2 and without English subtitles. You can pre-order it from Amazon Japan now.