Delinquent Boss: Wolves of the City aka Furyo Bancho (Japan, 1968) DVD - 3/5
In 1968, inspired by the American motorcycle films and wanting to tap into the Juvenile Delinquent market, Toei put together this movie about a gang of motorcycle riding hoods, who rape, kidnap, steal and fight... but who aren't as bad as the yakuza!
I'd always heard that these 'Furyo Bancho' movies were 'softer' than some of the movies that came out in the 70's - and it is as far as nudity in this one - but it still starts off with a gang rape in broad daylight on the beach... by the 'heroes' of the movie!
Only after the girl 'faints', just as it's the last guy's turn, do they decide to 'call it a day'. Wait, these are the good guys of the movie?
Tatsuo Umemiya as the leader of the gang is neither young, or 'skinny poor' like the rest of his gang, but he IS one cool dude, and again plays that part well here. Despite playing a scumbag, he just has a certain charm to him that makes you understand how he'd be able to lead a group of goons like this. And carry the movie.
We also have Tamami Fujii (or Tamami Natsu - from the Japanese Wikipedia my translation function says ’Summer beads US') as Ryuko, a yakuza’s daughter (I don’t think she’s done a whole lot, but apparently she was in the first four of the Moonlight Mask movies in the late 50’s as a young girl - she was 21 when she appeared in THIS movie) who has somewhat of a thing with Tatsuo, though it gets him into more trouble than it looks like it’s worth.
She gives, somewhat, as good as she gets it...when the gang tries to drug her and her friends so they can have their way 'doing what they couldn't before' (i.e. date rape), she has the foresight to drug THEIR drinks as well, so she's the only one left standing.
Reiko Ohara is mostly wasted in this movie as one of the gang members who isn’t involved in much of their shenanigans, dressed in army fatigues to hide her looks - though she does get into a cat fight with one of the girls the gang picks up to sell to a hostess bar. In the later half of the movie Reiko cleans up and looks cute for us, but once again doesn’t do much until her elaborate exit from the movie.
There's very minor nudity in the film (at one point they go to some cool ass club where two girls are dancing and making out under psychedelic lights), though lots of implied sexuality - it's pretty violent, though mostly in that 50 year old theatrical movie sort of way...
The jist of this movie is to show how greedy today's youth and the yakuzas are - and how everyone involved in the free wheeling world of underground Japan will end up on the wrong end of life chasing that greed.
The opening song lyrics are 'Who needs god when you've got money?'
Cool promotional pic from the movie. I had a hard time finding some good pictures and information on this movie - mostly it's all concentrated on the later films...