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Unread postby HungFist » 22 Dec 2008, 17:05

Naked Pursuit (Kofun) (1968)

An escaped prisoner, a suicidial woman, and a hill next to sea. Expect a lot of running up and rolling down, usually in slow motion, as this early pink comes with less than 30 lines of dialogue. But it’s surprisingly captivating considering the elements, even if still nothing too special. The lead actors are both alright, the cinematographer shows more ambition than the studio that produced the film. Slight political undertones are found in the pic as well.

Pathfinder's R1 dvd features a good interlaced transfer. There's scrathes and occasional dirt storms but the contrast and brightness are good and there's no problems with edge enhancement. The print was found from the US distributor Harry Novak's archives and could very well be the last remaing print. Aside original jp audio an english dub - which loads the film with dialogue that doesn't exist in the original version - is includes. Also found on the disc are trailer, stills and a poor commentary track by Luke Y. Thompson & Jess Hlubik.

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Unread postby HungFist » 17 Jan 2009, 11:29

Orgies sadiques l’ere Edo and the other films from HK Video's Teruo Ishii set Vol. 1 now reviewed

http://www.bulletsnbabesdvd.com/forums/ ... php?t=4948

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Plus a bit of this and that.

Toei's February bad girl trailers:
http://www.toei-video.co.jp/trailer/

10k bullets reviewed Female Prisoner: Caged!:
http://10kbullets.com/reviews/f/female-prisoner-caged/

Pink Eiga's S&M Hunter films actually looks quite fun. Girl gangs, nazis, nunchukus...
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y297/S ... nt_lrg.jpg

Pink Eiga's website has a trailer available.
http://www.pinkeiga.com/HTML/SMHunter.html

There's a review at dvdtimes.
http://www.dvdtimes.co.uk/content/id/69 ... unter.html

And the second film S&M Hunter Begins (which actually may be the first, if the dates are correct) is coming soon, too.
http://www.pinkeiga.com/HTML/smb.html
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Unread postby HungFist » 25 Feb 2009, 18:48

Ijo seai kiroku, harenchi (1969)

Teruo Ishii’s erotic psycho-drama opens like an Italian giallo – with extreme close-ups of a madman’s eyes, quick shots of blood splattered on white feathers, and animal roaring serving as the soundtrack. Cut to upbeat 60’s romance imagery with Teruo Yoshida and Masumi Tachibana kissing at sunset and the perfect contrast is ready. Unfortunately, this project seems to have been a routine effort for Ishii – the same patterns are repeated too many times during the films course, and the screenplay is too thin, falling somewhere between a 30 min episode and a 90 minute feature film. But unlike most of Ishii’s late 60’s films, this is a single storyline without episodic structure. It's clumsy at times, effective at others, and features an enjoyable if not entirely convincing leading performance by Eiji Wakasuki as a stalker who won't let one of his girlfriends go. Fans of the director will find enough satisfaction to warrant a viewing or two, but others can move on to Ishii’s more accomplished – and far gorier – pinky violence works.

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Unread postby HungFist » 06 Mar 2009, 18:33

HungFist wrote:Toei is God


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# Anamorphic Widescreen 2.35:1
# Mono
# Audio Commentary by Japanese Film Expert Chris D.
# New Video Interview With Director Kazuhiko Yamaguchi
# Cast/Crew Info.
# Stills Gallery
# Trailers
# Reversible Cover With Japanese Poster Artwork
# Newly Restored

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# Anamorphic Widescreen 2.35:1
# Mono
# New Video Interview With Director Kazuhiko Yamaguchi
# Interview With Pinky Violence Film Expert J-Taro Sugisaku
# Cast/Crew Info.
# Stills Gallery
# Trailers
# Reversible Cover With Japanese Poster Artwork
# Newly Restored

Both coming May 19th

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Unread postby HungFist » 15 Mar 2009, 13:54

Sukeban: Escape From Reform School (Sukeban: Kankai dasso) (1973)

The fith Sukeban film changes some the key players; Norifumi Suzuki is gone for good, replaced by Sadao Nakajima, and Reiko Ike is taking her first day off from the series. In the opening scene Miki Sugimoto tries to run from the officials, but is captured and thrown into a dark cell with her hands tied and shirt removed (of course). After some 30 minutes of passable women in reform school entertainment the film really kicks off when the girls escape. Sugimoto meets a man running from the law (Tsunehiko Watase), while the other girls have their own adventures. Escape From Reform School isn’t a classic film, however, it’s an enjoyable representative of a classic genre. A bit surprisingly Nakajima - best known for his yakuza films (although not a complete stranger to Toei pink) - gives even more room to erotic content than his predecessor, and does quite successfully. There isn’t too much violence, but the action packed ending is very satisfying. The soundtrack is pretty good, too.

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Unread postby HungFist » 16 Mar 2009, 18:32

Sukeban: Diamond Showdown (Sukeban:Taiman shobu ) (1974)

Ikuo Sekimoto grabs the director’s wheel in the sixth girl boss film. Reiko Ike is back, but Miki Sugimoto didn’t return to the series anymore. Tsunehiko Watase (antihero with sunglasses) and Toru Abe (slimy villain, as usual) play the primary male roles. Sekimoto later helmed some miserable pinky dramas but this film is solid girl gang fun with catfights every 15 minutes and Ike’s girls putting holes into the male yakuzas. There’s one rather strong torture scene but the overall tone is easy going... especially when the bad girls go for a picnic with Funky Monkey Baby by Carol rocking the soundtrack.

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Unread postby HungFist » 16 Mar 2009, 18:33

Here you can read a bit more about Carol and also listen their song Funky Monkey Baby... although it’s more fun if you save it for the film.

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Unread postby HungFist » 16 Mar 2009, 18:39

Sukeban – Crazy Ball Game (Sukeban: Tamatsuki asobi) (1974)

The final showdown. Ike and Sugimoto are both missing but Yuko Kano does surprisingly good gob as the new delinquent girl boss. After 6 instalments it’s nice to see a new face in the lead role. Concept-wise director Sekimoto’s second try follows the same functional patters as the earlier films; Kano and her gang draw up a diamond heist plan, but Toru Abe (again) fights back. The nasty villain is backed up by Ema Ryoko, whose biggest star moment comes in the beginning when she and her girls – all dressed in white school uniforms – confront Kano’s gang. Another memorable moment is the silly and sunny ’running topless on the beach’ scene. Like the previous film, Crazy Ball Game a fun girl gang action film with a couple of more graphic violent scenes. A good way to end a long running series.

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Unread postby HungFist » 16 Mar 2009, 18:42

Toei has blessed the last three Sukeban films with great transfers. The image is slightly soft, but otherwise excellent. If parts 3 and 4 are the same quality then it should be worth upgrading on part 4 (which was released on R1 by Exploitation Digital) at least. Panik House’s part 3 has edge enhancement but is otherwise pretty much perfect so it’s hard to say for sure without having seen the Toei disc.

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These Toei dvds feature only trailers and photo galleries as extras. There are no teasers, and the trailers don’t feature any notable deleted / lifted footage. As mentioned before, the cover arts are slightly censored versions of the original poster arts. Pinky violence fans should definitely add these discs to their collection.

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Unread postby HungFist » 23 Mar 2009, 14:38

Wild Side Nikkatsu titles.
http://wildgrounds.com/index.php/2009/0 ... tember-09/

I don't see anything too interesting there. A couple of titles that I don't recognize and may not be available on Geneon dvd, but otherwise it's just movies that have already been released elsewhere.

Of course there's a couple of quality titles like Pink Hip Girl and Image of a Bound Girl but also a lot of worthless trash. And why on earth are they releasing movies by Katsuhiko 'I make Shogoro Nishimura look good' Fujii?

They'll probably make some money with Time Escapade: 5 Seconds Till Climax now that Yojiro Takita is an Oscar winner. Sure ain't the first time pink is discovered from a high profile director's CV... Masayuki Suo (Shall We Dance), Kiyoshi Kurosawa (Tokyo Sonata), Ryuichi Hiroki (It’s Only Talk), Shusuke Kaneko (Death Note), Yoshimitsu Morita (The Family Game), Akihiko Shiota (Gaichu), Shinji Somai (Sailor Suit and Machine Gun) and Hideo Nakata (Ring) are just some examples... but this is pretty big. I can't wait for someone to license The Molester's Train series and stamp "From Academy Award Winning Director" on the cover :D

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Unread postby HungFist » 05 Apr 2009, 00:06

Just finished watching the Sukeban series? Life feels empty? No worries, God is at it again. Muldoon from adg reports that God will release the Terrifying Girls’ High School series on dvd August 7, 2009.

Terrifying Girls' High School: Women's Violent Classroom (Kyofu joshikôkô: Boryuku kyoshitsu) (1972)
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Director: Norifumi Suzuki
Cast: Miki Sugimoto, Reiko Ike, Ema Ryoko, Nobuo Kaneko

Terrifying Girls' High School: Lynch Law Classroom (Kyôfu joshikôkô: bôkô rinchi kyôshitsu) (1972)
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Director: Norifumi Suzuki
Cast: Miki Sugimoto, Reiko Ike, Ema Ryoko, Tsunehiko Watase

Terrifying Girls' High School: Delinquent Convulsion Group (Kyofu joshikôkô: Furyo monzetsu guruupu) (1973)
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Director: Masahiro Shimura
Cast: Reiko Ike, Yuko Kano, Ema Ryoko, Tatsuo Endo

Terrifying Girls' High School: Animal Courage (Kyofu joshikôkô: Animaru Dokyosei) (1973)
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Director: Masahiro Shimura
Cast: Reiko Ike, Nobuo Kaneko, Ema Ryoko, Rie Saotome

EDIT: cover arts at amazon
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Unread postby HungFist » 25 Apr 2009, 19:19

Discotek / Eastern Star will release Jailhouse 41

If they used the Toei remaster but got rid of the cropping, and included the Shunya Ito interview from the Studio Canal disc as an extra, I just might buy this film for the fourth time.

In any case, it will surely be the best english subtitled edition.
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Unread postby HungFist » 04 May 2009, 15:06

Sexy Battle Girls (1986)

High school action goes pink. Mirai Asamiya was forced to grow up wearing a chastity belt because her secret weapon already crushed an innocent teacher’s manhood when she was 14 (18 according to Pink Eiga dvd subtitles). Now the time has come to use this same weapon – and a flying dildo – to fight the evil school principal. Sexy Battle Girls is Shin Toho’s attempt to cash in on the popularity of Sukeban Deka II. Unfortunately, with no less than 7 sex scenes there’s not enough time left for even a thorough rip off. The result is an unbalanced mix of sex and copy pasted shots that ends before it really begins. However, the curiosity value remains, the humour is hilarious, and Ichiro Nitta’s soundtrack (that he of course did not score for this specific film) works. Nanno and Akie Yoshizawa also appeared on the original soundtrack, but the new release omits their songs because copy right has finally become reality.

Pink Eiga’s official US release comes with a passable non-anamorphic transfer and burnt in subtitles that are easy to read. Don't expect this film ever to look much better than this on dvd – this ain't a Toei or Nikkatsu production. Extras feature trailers, pictures and text explanations of the film's backgrounds.

Read more about the Sukeban Deka connection here.

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Unread postby HungFist » 05 May 2009, 13:38

S&M Hunter (1986)

Nuns, nunchukus and the man with no name lifted straight from Italian spaghetti westerns is only the beginning of this legendary Shin Toho pink production that turns the conventions of SM films upside down. Shiro Shimomoto plays one eyed rope fighter who is hired to save a hostage from a sadistic girl gang that kindnaps and rapes handsome young men. Add fantastic soundtrack – that only features two melodies – absolutely brilliant dialogue ("I'm a charitable sadist"), and storyline that almost makes sense, and you’ll hardly even get bored during the sex scenes. All served in a tight 60 minute package.

Pink Eiga's dvd features a passable non-anamorphic transfer with burnt in subs. There's a heavy ghosting effect, but otherwise the transfer's weaknesses don't distrack from the film, rather the opposite; it adds to the atmosphere. Being a Shin Toho production, don't expect this ever to look better on dvd. Extras are sparse; only trailers for other films, pictures and biographies.

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Unread postby HungFist » 10 May 2009, 14:02

I didn't expect Toei to go pink twice in a row, but that's exactly what is happening. According to Allcinema in September Toei will release the Hot Springs Geisha movies on dvd. If you're suprised by the amount of these films it's because English language history writing never discovered a few of these.

温泉あんま芸者 (Onsen anma geisha) (Hot Springs Massage Geisha) (1968)
http://www.jmdb.ne.jp/1968/cr001560.htm
Directed by Teruo Ishii
Starring Teruo Yoshida, Masami Tachibana, Yukie Kagawa, Yoko Mihara and Tooru Yuri

温泉ポン引女中 (Onsen ponbiki jyosyu)
http://www.jmdb.ne.jp/1969/cs002090.htm
Directed by Misao Arai
Starring Masumi Tachibanan and Aoi Mitsuko

温泉こんにゃく芸者(Onsen konnyaku geisha) (Hot Springs Devil-Tongued Geisha) (1970)
http://www.jmdb.ne.jp/1970/ct002110.htm
Directed by Sadao Nakajima
Starring Miwako Onya, Taiji Tonoyama, Ichiro Araki and Asao Koike

温泉みみず芸者 (Onsen mimizu geisha) (1971)
http://www.jmdb.ne.jp/1971/cu001960.htm
Directed by Norifumi Suzuki
Starring Reiko Ike, Miki Sugimoto, Yoko Mihara, Asao Koike, Tooru Yuri and Akira Oizumi

温泉スッポン芸者 (Onsen suppon geisha) (1972)
http://www.jmdb.ne.jp/1972/cv002000.htm
Directed by Norifumi Suzuki
Starring Miki Sugimoto, Ema Ryoko, Yoko Mihara, Nobuo Kaneko, Tooru Yuri and Akira Oizumi

温泉おさな芸者 (Onsen osana geisha) (1973)
http://www.jmdb.ne.jp/1973/cw002040.htm
Directed by Ryuichi Takamori
Starring Mimi Fukada and Akira Oizumi

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Unread postby gerira » 13 May 2009, 18:21

WOW, then I think there are no interesting Suzukis missing anymore....

because on my search for Suzukis final movie I found THIS:

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and an excerpt HERE:

http://www.10z.net/video/school-girl-fi ... 95382.html

...and Koji Wakamatsu was the producer of this ....erm.... thing called BINBARI HAI SUKURU (1990)

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Unread postby HungFist » 18 May 2009, 19:58

Star of David (Dabide no hoshi: Bishôjo-gari) (1979)

Norifumi Suzuki made an unexpected move by directing a Nikkatsu pink film in the middle of his hugely successful mainstream period. Basing the film in Masaaki Sato’s manga Suzuki took full use of Nikkatsu freedom and delivered a sexploitation film Toei wouldn’t dare to produce. The story follows an anti hero (Shun Domon) – a young and intelligent gentleman – who captures women uses the basement of his mansion as a torture chamber. As expected from the director, the film is film is well done and comes with plenty of christian and political references. Unfortunately it’s also too long, with the 100 minute running time offering a few rape scenes too many and not quite many enough visual or story highlights. By Nikkatsu standards it's nevertheless more ambitious - and better - than their average genre production. Casting wise the film is remarkable for starring the 1974 Miss Kimono / 1975 Miss Japan Hiromi Namino in a role usually played by unashamed Nikkatsu actresses. Also, Suzuki’s Toei collaborator Bunta Sugawara is seen in a short but hilarious cameo role.

Easter Star / Discotek’s R1 release is a must buy for Norifumi Suzuki fans, even if you don’t like the film. The Outcast Cinema team has recorded a Norifumi Suzuki / Kiichiro Yamashita (host / film critic) commentary for the film, plus a 15 minute Norifumi Suzuki interview. Suzuki talks about differences between Toei and Nikkatsu, how he ended up working with Nikkatsu, and of course the Bunta Sugawara cameo. These extras are not found on the R2J Geneon release. Also included is the original trailer, plus trailers for other Discotek releases. Picture quality is very good, and audio, although a tiny bit harsh, does its job. The cover art is reversible, with uncensored version on the flip side. Unfortunately its not the exact original poster art, but close.

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Here is an explanation for the cameo: Sugawara appears in the film as a truck driver called Momojiro. This is the chararacter he played in Suzuki's Truck Yaro movies (1975-1979). He also makes a reference to "bath house girls". In most Truck Yaro films Sugawara and Kinya Aikawa stop at their favourite bath house and bring gifts for the girls and have some fun.
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Unread postby JariM » 28 May 2009, 17:40

Three caps from the first Wandering Ginza Butterfly dvd:
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Unread postby HungFist » 03 Jun 2009, 16:21

Journey to Japan (1973)

The Japanese thought Kurisuchina Rindobaagu, Christina Lindberg that is, did not make enough movies nude, so they tricked her to come to Japan... and make even more bizarre sex films. The first attacker was Norifumi Suzuki who cast miss Lindberg in his pinky violence bravura Sex and Fury (1973). Yakuza film director Sadao Nakajima was the next one in line. Lindberg plays a Swedish woman who steps into the wrong car at the airport and is kidnapped by a sex manic taxi driver. Later she asks help from nice Japanese people she meets in bar... who all turn out to be sex manics. It’s very amusing that if this movie were directed by a foreigner, it would be considered the most racist piece of filth. But since Nakajima is of Japanese nationality, the movie falls under the ”socially critical” category. Well, almost at least. Unfortunately this is not quite enough to make Lindbergs second Nippon adventure very interesting. Also disappointing is that we don’t get to hear her speak any English (or Japanese, her dialogue is in Swedish). As a consolation prize, there is one Japanese guy speaking Swedish... Director Nakajima, shooting with a shoe string budget, only manages to create a couple of visually stylish scenes. Male lead Ichiro Araki’s soundtrack is one of the film’s assets. Some of his other, superior work can be heard in Suzuki and Nakajima’s Sukeban films.

AWE's dvd is non-anamorphic but not too bad. Colors and sharpness are ok, and this is not a conversion job but a progressive NTSC transfer. Optional subs are available in Nordic languages but not in English. The Swedish dialogue features burnt in Japanese subs, but I doubt any other kind of print exists. Extras are limited to picture gallery and trailers for other releases (no trailer for Journey to Japan included).

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Unread postby HungFist » 03 Jun 2009, 19:15

Amazon has cover arts for the Onsen geisha movies (except Onsen suppon geisha... I'll update this post when it becomes available).

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Unread postby Gaijin84 » 12 Jun 2009, 21:56

Has anyone picked up this book yet?
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My copy arrived today and I'm wondering what to expect... from the cover alone I expect an interesting read :wink:

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Unread postby diceman » 12 Jun 2009, 23:51

Yeah, me. :D
Even got the author to sign it personally for me (met him on this year's Nippon Connection in Frankfurt).
I'm not through yet, but so far it's a great read, with tons of information and even more great pictures. It's mainly about Pink Cinema and filmmakers like Masaru Konuma, Mamoru Watanebe, Hisayasu Sato (with some additional intel on Roman Porno) and NOT what you now call Pinky Violence and Toei Bad Girl Cinema.

It's now the fourth book I'm reading on Subject Matter. Before there were "The Midnight Eye Guide to Japanese Film" (Tom Mes & Jasper Sharp), "Agitator" (Tom Mes) and "Outlaw Masters of Japanese Film" (Chris D).

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Unread postby HungFist » 26 Jun 2009, 18:40

UPDATE

Synapse will not re-issue the Panik House titles, but they have small quantities of them in stock. If you live in North America, you can order them from Synapse's site.

http://www.avmaniacs.com/forums/showthr ... 37&page=29

Old message:
VinceP at dvdmaniacs noticed that Synapse will be re-issuing all of Panik House's titles:

http://www.synapse-films.com/catalog_panikhouse.php

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Unread postby HungFist » 19 Jul 2009, 13:01

Wandering Ginza Butterfly (1972)

Meiko Kaji made her final breakthrough in the Stray Cat Rock movies (1970-1971). These ultra chic and largely feminine gang films were distributed by Nikkatsu, the leading studio in modern action cinema and youth films. Toei, a studio with a strong track record in traditional yakuza films, was also catching the drift and followed their modern day set Delinquent Boss series with four Delinquent Girl Boss (1970-1971) movies, helmed by Kazuhiko Yamaguchi. Meanwhile, Nikkatsu made a decision to switch over to pink cinema, and Meiko Kaji was left looking for a more decent employer. This brief history concidered, it’s very fitting that she made her Toei debut in Wandering Ginza Butterfly, a female yakuza actioner directed by Kazuhiko Yamaguchi. Indeed, this could easily have been the fifth Delinquent Girl Boss film. The concept is the exact same. Kaji plays and ex-gang member who has just finished serving her sentence. She finds her way to Ginza hostess clubs, where she meets nice guy Tsunehiko Watase and cool as hell swindler Tatsuo Umemiya (the star of Delinquent Boss), and ultimately finds a new home under the wings of a good hearted woman (Akiko Koyama) running a club. But, following the genre rules, there will be a conflict when the local yakuza try to take over the business by force.

Wandering Ginza Butterfly has a couple of surprises in its pocket. Probably most unexpected comes a very strong drama sequence in the middle of the film. This scene reminds of what a great actress Meiko Kaji is. Another highlight is an edge of your seat billiards match. Violent action is saved to the very last reel, which also features a brief glimpse of bare skin, basically just thrown in for the sake of itself. Yamaguchi usually wasn’t very interested in sexual content. Wandering Ginza Butterfly is in fact an exceptionally light hearted and purely enjoyable film in its own genre. It is perhaps partly because of Kaji’s more elegant presence, as compared to wild girl Reiko Oshida of the similarly constructed Delinquent Girl Boss movies, that certain parts of Wandering Ginza Butterfly have an exceptionally strong ninkyo yakuza film atmosphere to it. No doubt screenwriter Takeshi Matsumoto was also a major contributor to this; his earlier works include instalments to both The Delinquent Boss and the Brutal Tales of Chivalry series. Kaji’s character is called Nami the Red Cherry Blossom, not too far off from Oryu the Red Peony, the heroine played by Junko Fuji in the Red Peony Gambler movies (1968-1972). Fuji’s retirement from movie industry took place just one month before the release of Wandering Ginza Butterfly. It’s not difficult to see Toei was looking for a new yakuza queen.

Synapse’s dvd is brillant. Perfect transfer, fine audio and subtitles, reversible cover art with original poster art (without any dvd logos) and priceless extras. The Outcast Cinema team have conducted a great 37 min interview with director Kazuhiko Yamaguchi. Needless to say this is the first time a Yamaguchi interview ever appears on any dvd, and one of the first times ever a Japanese 1970’s cult director other than Fukasaku is interviewed for a dvd release. The only negative thing about this interview is that Yamaguchi explains all the bright observations that I myself made in my film review. D’oh. What a blow to my film buff ego. Other extras include Meiko Kaji biography and poster gallery, and Chris D commentary that I haven’t listened to, and original trailer with an great ending where Kaji does the yakuza greeting to Toei audiences!

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Unread postby HungFist » 19 Jul 2009, 13:11

Wandering Ginza Butterfly 2: She Cat Gambler (1972)

Meiko Kaji returns in this sequel by name only follow up. She plays the same character as before, but the previous film is not referred in any way and the movies are also somewhat different in terms of style. The original found a charming balance between ninkyo yakuza atmosphere and mini skirts. Wandering Ginza Butterfly 2 also combines modern and past, but in a different way. Gambling scenes are plenty and feel almost as lifted from an early Showa era set yakuza film. Miss Kaji also spends most of her time wearing kimono. However, at the same time the pic is filled with club scenes, neon lights and early 70’s disco music, similarly to the Delinquent Girl Boss movies. The atmostphere is modern, even if many of the seminal elements have roots in the past. Comedy is also a major part of the film.

In terms of casting Wandering Ginza Butterfly 2 further closers the Delinquent Girl Boss movies. Tooru Yuri has a big supporting role – comedic of course - Junzaburo Ban plays an old man with a problematic father-daughter relationship, and Yukie Kagawa, whose absense from the first film was almost distracting, is given a rather unexciting role as a night club hostess. The biggest addition to the cast, however, is Shinichi Chiba. Chiba gives a very humoristic acting performance as a stammering small time goon who is a bit afraid of bigger players. Chiba’s action skills are put into use in the great finale where he and Kaji slaughter three times as many people as there are members in villains Fujio Suga and Hideo Murota’s gang. This is a great conclusion to a highly entertaining film that is more or less on par with the original. The storyline may not be very strong, but there is a wide variety of familiar and enjoyble genre elements on display. Fans of positively charged girl gang films should thoroughly enjoy Wandering Ginza Butterfly 2.

Synapse’s dvd is, once again, brilliant and above Toei’s own standards. Extras feature the same Kazuhiko Yamaguchi interview, Kaji biography and poster gallery, and trailers that appeared on the previous dvd. What is new is an 11 minute interview with pinky violence expert J-Taro Sugisaku. No commentary this time.

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