HungFist wrote:Her 1st movie, actually...
I have a lazy habit at times of using imdb.com for Japanese movies, despite the fact that I know they aren't as on target with their information (They list Ninkyô hana ichirin aka Chivalry of One Lone Flower with Tatsuya Fuji as her first movie).
For Chinese films I use hkmdb.com, which is great.... is there a good site for Japanese film information that's comparable to these?
Chivalry of One Lone Flower is at the bottom of the IMDb listing for her 1974 films because they don't have a release date for it, only release year, hence its listed as the "oldest" by default. It actually came out 8 months later.
I use jmdb
all the time, but it's in Japanese only. It's a lot more barebones than IMDb, basically just a text database, but very good for checking exact release dates or learning which films came out the same day as double features. For English sites, IMDb is generally good, you just have to keep in mind a lot of films are missing and there may be mistakes in the information.
chazgower01 wrote:Girl Boss Revenge: Sukeban (Japan, 1973) DVD - 3/5
Sort of strange that Exploitation Digital chose THIS movie as one of their early releases. And for a Norifumi Suzuki movie, it’s kinda tame until the finale, where it seems the colors start to really pop and the girls get their revenge. Miki Sugimoto takes a beating as usual (is it any wonder she tired of these roles), and Reiko Ike slowly takes over the movie as usual, but really it all feels a little darker, a little less fun than some of the others.
What IS great about this DVD is the inclusion of a Norifumi Suzuki interview! Worth it just for that!
This is my least favourite of the Girl Boss films. What bothered me most was the tiresome and blatant misogyny that seemed to be inherent in the script. Sure, these are exploitation films, but they are also supposed to be films where girls kick arse. In this film, all the females are constantly beaten, slapped, and raped even by the wimpiest of yakuza. It seems any male, no matter how weak, is by default stronger than the most badass girl boss. Example 1: how does the fight between the genre queens Ike and Sugimoto end? The former's boyfriend comes, slaps Miki in the face and drags Reiko in the car. What an anti-climax...
For an example of the opposite, please see the wonderful Criminal Woman: Killing Melody (if you haven't already), the most feminist of all the male audience serving sexploitation action flicks.