Classic Japanese Exploitation (pinky violence & pink)

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Unread postby HungFist » 30 Oct 2009, 09:44

Terrifying Girls’ High School: Delinquent Convulsion Group (1973)

The third film in the Terrifying Girls’ High School series film loses two important talents; actress Miki Sugimoto and director Norifumi Suzuki. Reiko Ike now carries the lead role, leaving the film without a strong guest star. Probably standing out most (and not due to their acting talents) are the American actors who play evil drug dealers and rapists. Yes, this is yet another film that does not improve cross cultural understanding. Director Masahiro Shimura is no first timer in the field of exploitation cinema. He worked as an assistant director in the previous two films, and was also involved in screenwriting several Toei action films such as The Street Fighter (1974). His directorial filmography is short, but perhaps for a reason. While not a bad movie, Delinquent Convulsion Group is not among the genre’s best films, and this would appear to be largely Shimura’s fault. His direction is a bit sloppy, lacking the intensity and visual style of Suzuki’s best movies. Delinquent Convulsion Group is mainly saved some memorable scenes such as the sailor suit and machine gun finale.

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Terrifying Girls’ High School: Animal Courage (1973)

The Terrifying Girls’ High School series ends with another Shimura effort. Unfortunately Animal Courage (1973) is the weakest of the four films. It suffers from similar problems as the previous film; Shimura directing features no sharp edges, and there are no strong supporting characters (although lead star Reiko Ike almost becomes one). The storyline is all over the place, and gives more room to sex scenes than action. There are visual highlights, but they tend to be inconsistent, and often the follow up doesn’t live up to build up. The soundtrack is somewhat restrained but does feature one rather stylish spaghetti western tune. Another ear pleaser is the language mix on offer; you’ll get to hear the girls speak French and English on language lessons. Yes, we are trying hard to find positives here… Somewhat interestingly the film spends a considerable amount of time mocking Christianity (Yankee Mark Darling returning as a dirty priest), immediately making one suspect Suzuki had his fingers involved with the screenplay. Another cast member one might recognize is Harumi Tajima, who later made a rather memorable beach run in the final Sukeban movie (1974). Finally, and literally so, the film’s very last scene is quite excellent. Animal Courage may not have been the best way to end the series, but the last 30 seconds couldn’t have been better (Editor note: it’s been approximately 2 months since I viewed this film and wrote this review, and I can no longer remember how the film ended).

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note: while this is the least good film in the series, it does produce some great screencap material...

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Unread postby HungFist » 30 Oct 2009, 09:53

Toei’d DVDs are soft, but at least edge enhancement free. The second film in the series, Lynch Law Classroom has been released on R1 DVD by Panik House / Synapse. I do not own Toei’s Lynch Law Classroom DVD, but if it is of same quality as the other three, I would not upgrade. Panik House’s transfer was their most edge enhanced pinky violence release, but it’s still better looking than Toei’s slightly faded transfers. But these Japanese discs do offer a perfectly servicable presentation for the other three films which have not been released on DVD before. As usual, extras consist of original trailers and (some excellent) stills. The cover arts are original posters with some added censorship (although it seems like Toei only wanted to make the nudity less obvious as you can still see plenty of bare skin on the covers if you look closely).

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While the final TERRIFYING GIRLS' SCHOOL film is my least favorite as well, it does have some stuff going for it. I love the way the creepy music builds over the main titles. First a stripper drumbeat, then weird electronic whistles, then the ominous violin. Nice cap of the Ike/Ema fight. I love that it takes place in front of a "K" Line storage container. Living in a port town, I still see those all the time. I had to check to see if this film's ending was the one I thought it was. Very similar to the first film, but with Ike instead of Sugimoto, bringing the series full circle.
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Now to see if one can quote an image. Ladies and gentlemen, the hideous beauty of Ryoko Ema. Ah, the oddly conflicted feelings she stirs.

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I LOVE that guy! Who is he? If there is a thanklessly low bit of humor to be delivered, he his the go-to guy. I especially like that one scene where he's getting hassled by a girl gang and a fight breaks out. He winds up lying on the ground with one of the girls, and takes a moment to look under her dress. Some day I'll find out what he says.

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Unread postby HungFist » 01 Nov 2009, 08:14

He's Tooru Yuri (edit: no he isn't. He's Hachiro Oka. I was mistaken and probably some of my other posts repeat the same mistake!). He and Toru Yuri were regular comic relief in Toei's movies. For example, if you're watching a Sukeban movie and there's a horny fool getting swindled by the girls, you can bet your money it's either Yuri or Oizumi.

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If my memory serves me correctly, they both appear together in Horrors of Malformed Men. Seem to have lost my screencap. They play Monk A and Monk B :D

And this guy is Akira Oizumi
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I love Oizumi as well! And that moustache guy with egg on his face!

Oh, one more question though. If Yuri is the guy who gets robbed in the cemetery at the start of GIRL BOSS GUERILLA, who is the quack doctor to whom they take the injured nun later in the same film? I hate to admit it, but I have difficulty telling them apart.

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

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This might be my favorite scene in the film, but it is tough to watch! If you've ever had to do the "right thing" in a situation like this, you will know what I mean. The actress is gorgeous; her upper lip should be in a museum.

HungFist wrote:Rica 2: Lonely Wanderer (Konketsuji Rika: Hitoriyuku sasuraitabi) (1973)

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So would someone care to confirm that the woman on the right...

HungFist wrote:Criminal Woman: Killing Melody (Zenka onna: koroshi-bushi) (1973)

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...is also the woman on the left?

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Marshall wrote:Oh, one more question though. If Yuri is the guy who gets robbed in the cemetery at the start of GIRL BOSS GUERILLA, who is the quack doctor to whom they take the injured nun later in the same film? I hate to admit it, but I have difficulty telling them apart.


Going by my screencaps, that's Yuri again.

Marshall wrote:So would someone care to confirm that the woman on the right...


Marshall wrote:...is also the woman on the left?


Quick guess: Masami Soda. Plays 'Hanako' in Rica 2, 'Yukie Nakagawa' in Criminal Woman. Maybe if you've got the dvds there you can see if the character names match.

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Unread postby Marshall » 02 Nov 2009, 07:05

Yes, I am guessing that Masami Soda, Masami Souda and Masami Muneta are all the same person. I posted this info at AV Maniacs to the usual chirping of crickets. Now I can sleep at night. Thanks!

HungFist wrote:Delinquent Girl Boss: Ballad of Yokohama Hoods (Zubeko bancho: Hamagure kazoe uta) (1971)

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I think this film has become my favorite in the series. It contains one highlight after another. One would be that girl on the left. A lot of times the "sidekick" role is that of a whiny pipsqueak or sycophant--villainess Yukie Kagawa's sidekick in that very film, for instance, or Konketsuji Rika's li'l friend in the first two RIKA's. But Reiko Oshida's sidekick in this one, while played for laughs, is pretty spunky and a bit of a scene stealer. My favorite bit is early on, when Reiko contemptuously throws away an apple she's half finished with. Sidekick Girl grins and throws hers away too. Very cute.

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HungFist wrote:Sukeban (Girl Boss Revenge) (1973)

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Naomi Oka, far right. I think her first pinky violence appearance was GIRL BOSS GUERILLA, where she has a shaved head. In fact, I've never seen her without a shaved head, although these films were made so quickly that I could hardly expect her hair to have grown out. I gather she made quite a few films at Nikkatsu at the same time, an IMDb lists about three dozen films, right up through a small role in A TAXING WOMAN. I would be very curious to know more about her, particularly the origin of her severe hairstyle.

Edit: Just re-watched part of TGHS: WOMEN'S VIOLENT CLASSROOM and she has a pretty bad wound on her arm. Another legend of pinky violence waiting to be told.

HungFist wrote:Terrifying Girls’ High School: Violent Women’s Classroom (1972)

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Is this the very first Reiko/Miki fight? I seem to recall seeing a poster for this film where their battle is played up. In any case, for me this is the definitive such brawl. Not sure why, as it does not take place in calf-deep water or go on until both parties are exhausted and have a new respect for each other. Maybe it's partly because it takes place in an elevated location with a beautiful panoramic view.

If this is their first fight, it's hard to believe it took so long for it to happen.

Edit: It's not.
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HungFist wrote:
HungFist wrote:I can't wait for someone to license The Molester's Train series and stamp "From Academy Award Winning Director" on the cover :D


"From 2009 Academy Award Winner Yojiro Takita"


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Also Blind Love.

http://www.pinkeiga.com/films/release-d ... ack-pearl/

The Takita cover art is a really cool mess. Difficult not to be at least a tiny bit interested in seeing the film :D

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Hahaha, oh dear :D

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Unread postby Marshall » 12 Nov 2009, 16:37

Picked up BAD GIRL MAKO. My first Junko Natsu movie. She's very skinny. You will not get film criticism of such profundity elsewhere. The film is very colorful and and begins with a bowling scene, followed by a shakedown of an unlucky male bowler by a girl gang. How bad could it be? Hopefully the rumored US release will happen sooner rather than later. I would very much like to see Natsu's GIRLS JUNIOR HIGH series released.

Ordered one of the later FURYO BANCHO movies, mainly because Yoko Mihara is supposedly in it and I had a coupon. Fingers crossed. Say, that sure looks like Reiko Ike on the poster for the 14th entry in the series. Can anyone confirm? She doesn't seem to be listed in the credits (at least that I've found.)

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Unread postby HungFist » 12 Nov 2009, 16:59

I've never seen her listed for any of the Furyo bancho films. I doubt it's her. Doesn't really look like her to me, either.

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And don't temp me. I've decided to wait for a low priced sale before I go bankrupt :D

I'm sure R1 mako will come out sometime next year. Cinema Epoch bought the rights to a bunch of films at once, and I think this is the last one remaing. The second last title, The Heartbreak Yakuza, just came out. They're just a little bit slow with these releases.

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Unread postby Marshall » 12 Nov 2009, 19:29

Thanks for the prompt response. They saved MAKO for last!? Dorks.

I swear that looks just like Ike to me, but, a) I dimly remember seeing a still from the movie with what must have been the same girl, but she looked much less like her, and, b) I'm sure they'd play up her presence in the DVD promotional materials if it was her.

One other thing about MAKO. It's set in Yokohama. How could I tell? Because they couldn't resist showing Yokohama's Chinatown again. I remember seeing the "gate to Chinatown" scene in BALLAD OF YOKOHAMA HOODS and realizing that the same archway was shown in RIKA. One of my favorite bits of YOKOHAMA HOODS is the nightclub song about Yokohama. Because, make no mistake, the film is set in Yokohama. And I was re-watching part of MAKO today, and there is a song about Yokohama in that too.

Yokohama.

Marshall wrote:Picked up BAD GIRL MAKO. My first Junko Natsu movie.


Wrong, fool. She plays the rival in DELINQUENT GIRL BOSS: BLOSSOMING NIGHT DREAMS.

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Marshall wrote:
Marshall wrote:Picked up BAD GIRL MAKO. My first Junko Natsu movie.


Wrong, fool. She plays the rival in DELINQUENT GIRL BOSS: BLOSSOMING NIGHT DREAMS.


Sometimes you really remind me of myself, hehe. Kinda like Woody Allen gone exploitation cinema enthusiastic, but still not quite. Ehm, now I'm not making much sense. Never mind.

Anyway, I suppose it was obvious to everyone that the Synapse 27 film deal was a Nikkatsu roman batch. And it was obvious they would just port some R2J titles. WRONG, FOOLS! Don named just a couple of titles and one of them is Koyu Ohara's Fairy in a Cage, which is certainly not a part of the Geneon dvd catalogue. While this classic does not interest me personally, it does give me hope that they've picked up some other cool titles for dvd debut.

http://www.dvdmaniacs.net/forums/showth ... 37&page=46

Also, I just noticed some of the Geneon dvds are going oop. May wanna hurry if you're missing some.

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Unread postby Marshall » 19 Nov 2009, 04:37

Yeah, I wish I could get more excited about the Synapse 27. I will be watching this release roster take shape with the short eyes of a movie pervert, but at the end of the day I am pretty much just interested in the girl gang movies. I am counting on you folks to let me know if any of the titles turn out to be musn't-miss-masterpieces. The only titles I KNOW I want from Nikkatsu are the GIRLS' JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL films.


Just realized that Yukie Kagawa plays Nana the go-go girl in the second Delinquent Boss movie. Also, that guy that plays the infantilized comic relief character in the Delinquent Girl Boss movies plays one of the gang. (He may be in other series entries as well. I'll have to find out!) And confirmed my suspicion that Yoko Mihara plays the horny secretary. What a stretch for her.

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As stated in the official Toei thread... ehm, I mean JP Cult Cinema thread, in April Toei will release 3 pink dramas directed by Yuuji Makiguchi.

玉割り人ゆき (Tamawari nin Yuki) (Virgin Breaker Yuki) (1975)
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Starring Jun Masumi
http://www.jmdb.ne.jp/1975/cy001410.htm
http://www.ofdb.de/film/111914,Gyokuwarijin-Yuki

玉割り人ゆき 西の廓夕月楼 (Tamawari nin Yuki: Nishi no kuruwa yuzuki ro) (Virgin Breaker Yuki 2) (1976)
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Starring Jun Masumi
http://www.jmdb.ne.jp/1976/cz000420.htm
http://www.ofdb.de/film/111916,Gyokuwar ... ukir%C3%B4

らしゃめん(Rashamen) (1977)
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Starring Haruko Wanibuchi
http://www.jmdb.ne.jp/1977/da002630.htm
http://www.ofdb.de/film/111917,Rashamen

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雪夫人絵図 (Yuki fujin ezu) (1975)
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Directed by Masashige Narusawa
Starring Yoshiko Sakuma
http://www.jmdb.ne.jp/1975/cy000960.htm
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Sorry if this is not the optimal thread for this post. I noticed four sweet-looking boxed sets of the Japanese TV series PLAY GIRL (1969-74?) for sale at Yesasia. Anyone know how many episodes were produced and what percentage is covered by these sets?

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Here is the optimal thread:
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Don is revealing [url?http://www.dvdmaniacs.net/forums/showthread.php?t=11237&page=51]more Nikkatsu pink titles[/url]. The highlights include Naosuke Kurosawa's Zoom In: Rape Apartment, which is a pretty stunning pink giallo with amazing cinematography and audio design, and Sex Hunter: Wet Target, which I think was more or less based on the same screenplay as Stray Cat Rock: Sex Hunter, and directed by Yukihiro Sawada, who did one of the best cop movies of the 70's; Retreat Through the Wet Wasteland. Synapse is also going to release Tatsumi Kumashiro's Lovers Are Wet, which no. 69 on Kinema Junpo's top 100 Japanese movies of all time list.

Synapse titles revealed so far:

Lovers Are Wet (恋人たちは濡れた, 1973) (Tatsumi Kumashiro) (my mini review here)
Zoom In: Rape Apartments (ズームイン 暴行団地, 1980) (Naosuke Kurosawa) (my mini review here)
Zoom up: Beaver Book Girl (ズームアップ ビニール本の女, probably, 1981) (Takashi Sugano)
Sex Hunter: Wet Target (セックス・ハンター 濡れた標的, 1972)(Yukihiro Sawada)
Fairy in a Cage (檻の中の妖精, 1977) (Koyu Ohara) (DVD Debut)
Rape! (犯す!, 1976) (Yasuharu Hasebe) (DVD Debut)
Rape Shot: Momoe's Lip (レイプショット 百恵の唇, 1979) (Katsuhiko Fujii)
True Story of Woman in Jail: Sex Hell (実録おんな鑑別所 性地獄, 1975) (Koyu Ohara) (DVD Debut)
True Story of Woman in Jail Continues (続実録おんな鑑別所, 1975) (Koyu Ohara) (DVD Debut)
Woman in Heat Behind Bars (檻の中の欲しがる女たち, 1987) (Junichi Suzuki) (DVD Debut)
Female Gymnastics Instructor: Jump and Straddle (女体育教師 跳んで開いて, 1981) (Koyu Ohara)
Nurse Diary: Wicked Finger (看護婦日記 いたずらな指, 1979) (Shinichi Shiratori)
Nurse Diary: Beastly Afternoon (看護婦日記 獣じみた午後, 1982) (Naosuke Kurosawa)
Hunting Female Teacher (女教師狩り, 1982) (Junichi Suzuki)
Female Teacher: In Front of the Students (女教師 生徒の眼の前で, 1982) (Yasuaki Uegaki)
Female Teacher: Dirty Afternoon (女教師 汚れた放課後, 1981) (Kichitaro Negishi)
I Like it From Behind (バックが大好き, 1981) (Koyu Ohara)
Story of White Coat: Indecent Acts (????)
Eros School (????)
Pearl Diver: Tight Shellfish (????)
She Cat (????)

There should still be a few more titles remaining.

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Marshall wrote:
HungFist wrote:Sukeban: Escape From Reform School (Sukeban: Kankai dasso) (1973)

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This might be my favorite scene in the film, but it is tough to watch! If you've ever had to do the "right thing" in a situation like this, you will know what I mean. The actress is gorgeous; her upper lip should be in a museum.


Ah, finally have this with subs. Haven't watched the whole thing yet, but did spot-check it. So, apparently the above character is supposed to be 15?! Oops.

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Marshall wrote:So, apparently the above character is supposed to be 15?! Oops.


Heh, reminded me of Sexy Battle Girls and its 18 year old (according to Pink Eiga's subtitles) protagonist. But in the dialogue she actually says she's 14.

The actress was in her 20's.

Oh, and more Nikkatsu news. Kino / Kimstim are releasing Kumashiro films: the technically interesting but over-rated Ichijo Sayuri (my mini review), which is yet another film on Kinema Junpo's top 100 list, the rather good Yakuza Goddess: Lust and Honor (my mini review) - which features an ultra violent Taxi Driver finale, and a killer ending shot - and, strangly, Lovers Are Wet. There must be some mistake, cause that film is also on Synapse's list.

- http://www.dvdmaniacs.net/forums/showthread.php?t=32222

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HungFist wrote:and, strangly, Lovers Are Wet. There must be some mistake, cause that film is also on Synapse's list.


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