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Unread postby Classique » 19 Oct 2007, 16:31

My top 5 list would be-

1.Female Prisoner 701:Scorpion
2.Stray Cat Rock: Sex Hunter
3.Zero Woman: Red Handcuffs
4.Female Prisoner 701: Jailhouse 41
5.School of the Holy Beast
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Unread postby HungFist » 19 Oct 2007, 21:05

Not meaning to diss Classique's opinions but I don't feel 701 and Zero Woman would be the best films for Brad to start with.

701 and Zero Woman were the first pinky violence films I saw myself. Back then I wasn't an exploitation fan yet, and neither of those films could turn me into one. I liked both, but I found 701 a bit heavy and dark, while I actually felt a little bit quilty about liking Zero Woman (due to the extreme violence). I rated both films 3/5. Sex & Fury was the third pinky violence film I saw (viewings these three films were not related in any way, I don't think I even realized they belonged to the same genre) and it hit me like 10 000 volts. When I later re-watched 701 and Zero again I became a big fan of both.

I feel like Brad is in a similiar situation now that I was a few years back. I know he's not familiar with exploitation cinema, and starting with the more extreme films might not be the best way. If he said his favourite directors were Ruggero Deodato and Lucio Fulci then I would have no doubts about recommending Zero Woman. But now, maybe not. 701 of course isn't quite that heavy, but for a beginner I'd rather recommend something more easy going (and visually extremely beautiful) like Sex and Fury.

But full respect for you considering Sex and Fury uneven. I don't agree (my rating for the film is still 4,5/5), but your opinion is as good as mine. I have seen many 7/10 rating for the film, so you're not the only one who didn't find it a masterpiece (and based on your comments your rating would be even lower).

EDIT: ah, finally Rica's moving. Hopefully won't take forever to arrive. Student budget means cheapest shipping method available :lol:

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Unread postby HungFist » 25 Oct 2007, 21:30

Derrick King at dvdmaniacs just posted the best news I've heard all year. Exploitation Digital will be releasing Delinquent Girl Boss: Blossoming Night Dreams on R1 in January. I love Reiko Oshida and Worthless to Confess and this is so great great great news.

http://www.dvdempire.com/Exec/v4_item.a ... &searchID=

I'll try to find out and post some more info about the film tomorrow, now it's time to go to sleep.

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Unread postby Classique » 26 Oct 2007, 21:46

HungFist wrote:Not meaning to diss Classique's opinions but I don't feel 701 and Zero Woman would be the best films for Brad to start with.

701 and Zero Woman were the first pinky violence films I saw myself. Back then I wasn't an exploitation fan yet, and neither of those films could turn me into one. I liked both, but I found 701 a bit heavy and dark, while I actually felt a little bit quilty about liking Zero Woman (due to the extreme violence). I rated both films 3/5. Sex & Fury was the third pinky violence film I saw (viewings these three films were not related in any way, I don't think I even realized they belonged to the same genre) and it hit me like 10 000 volts. When I later re-watched 701 and Zero again I became a big fan of both.

I feel like Brad is in a similiar situation now that I was a few years back. I know he's not familiar with exploitation cinema, and starting with the more extreme films might not be the best way. If he said his favourite directors were Ruggero Deodato and Lucio Fulci then I would have no doubts about recommending Zero Woman. But now, maybe not. 701 of course isn't quite that heavy, but for a beginner I'd rather recommend something more easy going (and visually extremely beautiful) like Sex and Fury.

But full respect for you considering Sex and Fury uneven. I don't agree (my rating for the film is still 4,5/5), but your opinion is as good as mine. I have seen many 7/10 rating for the film, so you're not the only one who didn't find it a masterpiece (and based on your comments your rating would be even lower).

EDIT: ah, finally Rica's moving. Hopefully won't take forever to arrive. Student budget means cheapest shipping method available :lol:


Sorry my top 5 was more just my top 5 in general and not a top 5 recommendations list.

That said I agree about Zero Women.The first time I watched it when it finally finished the only thing I could think to myself was "That was fkn brutal"
I was actually contemplating keeping the dvd till I watched it again and after the intial shock of the first viewing wore off it wasn't that bad.
You just have to realize EVERY character in the movie is a HORRIBLE person.Even Zero herself just wants to get stuff over with and move on with her life.


I will disagree on Female Prisoner 701:Scorpion though.
I think the theater esque touches and trippyness/bizarreness/creativity of the film is what first made me realize this kind of movie could be more then just T&A and violence.
I remember showing this to a group of friends some of which would normally have no interest in foreign films in general much less ones that could be considered "sleazy" and after they all wanted to know if and when I was going to get the sequels. :twisted:

Funnily enough that was my first pinky violence movie as well.
The sequels would end up being the next ones and I can't remember what came after that.


I've been short on time lately but I watched about half of Rica 2...FKN AMAZING SO FAR!
Depending on how the second half plays out i'm already leaning towards the possibility of it being better then the first. :happy2:
Sorry Shura I know that's gonna make you want it more and probably hype it up too much making it a let down. :lol:



Brad- If you end up not liking S&F don't give up!
Try my pick 701 and then you can safely you don't care for the genre if you didn't like either.
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Unread postby HungFist » 26 Oct 2007, 22:14

Blossoming Night Dreams (ずべ公番長 夢は夜ひらく) (1970) is the first film in the Delinquent Girl Boss series. Worthless to Confess, released by Panik House, was the fourth and final instalment. All films are directed by Kazuhiko Yamaguchi (Sister Street Fighter, Karate Bear Fighter) and star the lovely Reiko Oshida (probably the purest of all pinky violence stars). The supporting cast for this instalment includes at least the cute Yukie Kagawa (see Tokugawa onna keizu review, last screencap) Tatsuo Umemiya and Nobuo Kaneko.

The dvd cover art, spotted by Marshall Crist at dvdmaniacs:
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Blossoming Night Dreams in the Sugisaku / Uechi book 'Pinky Violence – Toei’s Bad Girl Films'
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And finally, a great Reiko Oshida pic from the same book:
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Unread postby HungFist » 06 Nov 2007, 16:25

R2 FR Pathe Sasori dvds

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I have finished comparing the first four films:

Female Prisoner 701: Scorpion (Pathe vs HK Video vs Media Blasters)
http://www.bulletsnbabesdvd.com/forums/ ... php?t=2115

Female Prisoner Scorpion: Jailhouse 41 (Pathe vs Studio Canal vs Toei)
http://www.bulletsnbabesdvd.com/forums/ ... php?t=3693

Female Prisoner Scorpion: Beast Stable (Pathe vs Media Blasters)
http://www.bulletsnbabesdvd.com/forums/ ... php?t=4059

Female Prisoner Scorpion: Grudge Song (Pathe vs Media Blasters)
http://www.bulletsnbabesdvd.com/forums/ ... php?t=4060

Other comparisone here and here, plus review

To put it simple, Pathe's dvds for parts 1 and 2 are good, part 3 is not very good, and part 4 should be avoided at all costs. Extras are the same for all films; original trailer, filmographies and picture gallery. Teaser trailers have not been included. I'll be reviewing the New Female Prisoner Scorpion films at a later date.

The package is a 3-sleeve digipac, with two discs on each page. The design is not exactly great as the disc could easity get damaged while taking them out or stucking them back in. The artwork is nice, but overall the package leaves a bit cheap taste. No booklet is included.

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Unread postby HungFist » 10 Nov 2007, 15:29

New Female Prisoner Scorpion: #701 (Shin joshuu sasori: 701-go) (1976)

The Scorpion saga continues, or starts again from the beginning, three years after Meiko Kaji left the series. Yumi Takigawa (School of the Holy Beast) stars as the new Nami Matsushima, a woman betrayed and sent to prison.

The new crew have thankfully refused the temptation to deliver a direct remake of the original Shunya Ito classic. Director Yutaka Kohira, who worked as an assistant director for some of the earlier instalments, is not in the league of his predecessors but is still very much capable of delivering a solid pinky violence movie. The new introduction sequence is rather good and the casting isn’t bad. As soon as you can stop comparing the new players to the old cast you’ll find a lot to enjoy. Especially the prison staff, including Rinichi Yamamoto as the warden and Kinji Takinami as one of the guards, features several great characters.

Audio-visually the film has a lot to live up to. The outcome is not too bad. The visual department offers some stylish images throughout the film, and the funky soundtrack (including a new theme song) works. Sex and violence have been toned down to some extent, though. There’s a bit of nice ultraviolence near the end, plus the compulsory shower scene, but that’s pretty much it when it comes to daring content. Certainly surprising from a mid 70’s women in prison film.

Most of the film’s problems appear during the middle part. The main character goes through a rather dull humiliation process, similiar to what we saw in the original film. Only this time the director is a bit less talented and doesn’t have the exceptional eye for details that Ito had. Yumi Takigawa’s work is interesting to follow, especially since silent roles suit her well, but she’s still no match to Meiko Kaji. From a fan’s point of view the film however remains interesting, even if not quite exhilarating, during the weaker parts also.

Regardeless of how much you enjoy the middle part it’s worth enduring as the real twist comes only near the end. The last 20 minutes is pure pinky violence perfection. This is where the images, music and and performances all come together. Above all, this is where the whole saga comes together, and a certain circle closes. The use of the Sasori mythology is first grade. For a fan of the series this was such a satisfying conclusion that my eyes were nearly watering. The film truly earned it’s existence.

Pathe’s La Femme Scorpion box marks the first time this film is released on dvd. The presentation is solid but not outstanding. The transfer appears to be converted from an NTSC master, although myself I didn’t notice any severe flickering during camera pans. The contrast level is set too high, but doesn’t cause awfully serious problems. The colours are very good and brightness level seems decent. Whether frames are missing like with 701 I’m unable to report. Despite the problems this is a very acceptable interlaced transfer that allows you to fully enjoy the film. Audio is slightly harsh a few times but perfectly adequate. Extras consist of filmographies, picture gallery and subtitled trailer.

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Unread postby HungFist » 14 Nov 2007, 17:08

New Female Prisoner Scorpion: Tokushu-bo X (Shin joshuu sasori: Tokushu-bo X) (1977)

Ground zero. Appart from director Yutaka Kohira, who found time to helm one of the best Etsuko Shihomi films, Dragon Princess, in between the two New Female Prisoner films, the Sasori saga is given another clean start. The backstory has been changed once again, and the cast is loaded with new faces. The lead role is played by Sasori number three; Yoko Natsuki.

While Yumi Takigawa was able to adapt the iconic role with moderate success, the same can not be said about Yoko Natsuki. While she’s not terrible by any means, she does not manage to bring much life into the character. She looks good with the right clothing (and without, might I add), but that’s about as far as her special talent goes. On the positive side she is indeed the weakest link when it comes to casting. The supporting cast is excellent and offers plenty of reason to get excited about.

The new prison crew should receive any Toei fan’s acceptance. The warden is played by none other than Masashi Ishibashi. He doesn’t get to throw a single karate move in this film, but he’s definitely the man for the job. His right hand man is played by Hiroshi Tachi, who gives an incredibly cool performance that remided me a bit of Eiji Go’s work. Takeo Chii, who gives another badass performance, handles one of the most remarkable supporting roles. Finally, the cute Kaori Ono gives Sasori’s support as a fellow prisoner.

The film opens with a nice opening credits sequence, accompanied with a decent new theme song. After that the quality goes down a bit. The supporting actors alone can’t make the movie exciting enough, and Kohara’s attempts with surrealism end up more often amusing than impressive. Once again, for a genre fan it’s hard not to enjoy at least a little bit, but for casual viewers the first 50 minutes doesn’t offer that many thrills. There’s a moderate amount of sexploitation, though, and other highlights include the prisoners wearing a very nice t-shirt - shorts combination.

The last 30 minutes is what really makes the film worth a watch. The scrip takes a welcome and even somewhat original turn, and the film becomes visually more attractive. The actors also get more room to shine, and even Natsuki manages to impress a few times. The finale isn’t in the class of the previous film, but offers plenty of quality entertainment. Not a bad way to end the series.

Pathe’s disc doesn’t differ much from that of New Female Prisoner Scorpion: #701, but the transfer is better. Basic problems remain – interlaced and not from a native PAL source – but the problems are less visible than expected. There’s still some boosting, but colours and brightness seem excellent. The image is also nicely sharp. On smaller screens this transfer should look quite good. The audio features no problems. The excellent original trailer is subtitled in french, and the picture gallery is of high quality as with the other discs in the box set.

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Yoko in the original trailer
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Unread postby HungFist » 23 Nov 2007, 15:27

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

The second part in the Rica trilogy has, if possible, even less attempt for a senseful storyline than before. While that’s not necessarily a bad thing, the film also lacks the wild mix of different genre elements that made its predecessor so damn enjoyable. To make matters worse, Rika Aoki’s charms aren’t used to the fullest. She does wear a couple of kick ass costumes, though.

The supporting characters are mostly less than memorable. Especially Kazumi Toshi’s character, who would perform one dull song after another, feels like a wasted opportunity. Thankfully Rika Aoki gets on stage as well, although her songs are not as good as last time. The most important male role is played by Ryonosuke Minegishi who does decent job in the role of a mysterious man helping Rica. Hitoshi Takagi and Kaoru Hama are okay as villains but hardly anything special. Surprisingly all the remarkable characters in the film keep their clothes on. The amount of sex and nudity is almost nonexistent.

After all that rant, is Rica 2 a bad movie? Hell no. It has notably less kick than the original, but it’s still a very decent genre film. It never gets boring, and there’s one scene early on that made me lose count how many ’what-the-fucks’ came out of my mouth. Setting the film in Northern Japan gives it a nice snowy twist. There’s a bunch of political references too, but nothing too interesting to be honest. The ending is pretty cool, followed by another awesome ending credits sequence. Good fun for genre fans, other may consider skipping.

Exploitation Digital’s transfer is both an improvement and a step back. On the positive side the encoding is now better than last time. Unfortunately the transfer is now soft. I hope it’s a print related issue, and that the company hasn’t been listening to people complaining about grain in the first film. Another problem is that the transfer is not as bright as it should, and also looks reddish from time to time. The overall look is very acceptable considering the origins, but far from pristine. Extras consist of trailers and photo gallery.

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Unread postby Classique » 26 Nov 2007, 15:35

Seems like I did build you up too much for Rica 2. :lol:


I finally finished watching it and although I think I enjoyed it a bit more
then you did I will agree it was not as good as the first.

I'm actually really glad they went the route they did and didn't try to top the
first because it probably would have been a failure.
Instead they decided to have some fun and in turn I did as well!

I'm was really sad they didn't bring back the one baddie from the first film who jumped off the boat at the end before they could get him.
He had the greatest pick-up line ever- "Your cute.I want to fuck you." :lol:


I already ordered the third one straight from Media Blasters on ebay so I should have it before the end of the week. :twisted:

I skimmed the trailer for it and it appeared most of it's going to be taking place in reform school so we'll see how that turns out.

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Unread postby HungFist » 28 Nov 2007, 15:39

From Outcast Cinema (check the link for the whole article, which includes a mention of a possible future pinky release (EDIT: he was talking about Bohachi Bushido))

"During the past week in Tokyo, we did a series of interviews with famed Toei sexploitation director Norifumi Suzuki."

"Suzuki-kantoku was kind enough to join us on successive Sundays at the amazing Laputa Cinema in Asagaya, on the west side of Tokyo, and spent several hours with our camera crew discussing his career and films. The interviews will appear on two DVDs due out next year, the initial one being the fourth Sukeban film, to be released by Media Blasters in February under the title Girl Boss: Revenge. Later in the spring, Discotek Media will release Suzuki's jaw-dropping, solitary entry into the Roman Porno genre, Star of David: Beauty Hunting."

"Suzuki sat with Japanese film critic and cult film writer Kiichiro Yanashita for a full-length audio commentary for Star of David, to be included on the Discotek disc. Not only is this the first time Suzuki has done a commentary, we believe it's the first time a Roman Porno director has done a commentary for one of his films! Of course, the commentary was conducted in Japanese and will be presented on the disc with English subtitles. Fans of Suzuki and of the Roman Porno genre in general should be very pleased."


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Unread postby HungFist » 28 Nov 2007, 18:25

Assault! Jack the Ripper (Boko kirisaki jakku) (1976)

Yasuharu Hasebe’s Assault! Jack the Ripper has a reputation as one of the best, and also most notorious violent pinku films ever produced by the Nikkatsu studios. The opening sequence with the main character decorating a beautiful cream cake while peaceful music is playing on the background and the credits are being sliced in two, gives some twisted taste of what's to come.

The main character is a young, shy man working at a restaurant. One night when he’s giving her wild female collegue a ride home they stop to pick up a suspicious and suicidal hitchhiker. After realizing their mistake they try to get rid of her but end up causing her death. Persuaded by the strong willed woman he decides not to call the police but to hide the body instead. Partly due to the circumstances, he also falls in love with the woman. But soon after they realize their moment of passion was more because of the night’s events than anything else. The only way to experience the same feeling again is to cause another death, this time intentionally.

Hasebe’s film has an exceptionally interesting premise and potential even to be one of the definitive serial killer analyzes. The screenpaly shows undeniable ambition and the acting is surprisingly good. The female lead, Tamaki Katsura, was even nominated for the best actress in the Japanese Academy Awards for her performance. Although she didn’t win the nomination alone was quite an achievement for a genre film like this. Yutaka Hayashi’s performance as her weak boyfriend who finds courage and independency in murder is maybe even more impressive in my opinion.

Unfortunately the film doesn’t manage to take full use of the good ingredients. The characterization is left a bit half way, and the storyline is underdeveloped. Probably because of studio requirements – Nikkatsu’s production line relied much more on the sexual appeal than that of Toei’s – the film is overloaded with sex scenes. These scenes too often disrupt the more interesting story elements. The sex is somewhat well written into the story, but the effect is nevertheless negative. The running time, which is just 72 minutes, also feels too short considering the amount of content.

Hasebe’s style of making a serial killer movie is quite original. He doesn’t turn killing into pop art, nor does he use horror movie methods. Instead he often uses calm music, or, no music at all, during the stomach churning murder scenes. This creates a very unpleasant atmosphere where the director doesn’t steer the audience's reactions and feelings, but leaves it up to the viewer to figure out how to interpret the images. The brutality of these scenes is partly psychological as there’s notably less graphic violence than you’d expect from a film with such wild reputation. Still, make no mistake, this is a mean spirited film with more crotch stabbings than an average sane mind can take.

Assault! Jack the Ripper can also be seen as a dark comedy, although I doubt many viewers will have what it takes to enjoy all of the film’s pitch dark humour. It’s not an easy film in any way. Viewers looking for a stylish slasher or over the top trash film might be disappointed as this hardly an entertainment movie. Hasebe has made an ugly film about ugly people. Yet it doesn’t fully convince as a serial killer depiction either. It does have lots of originality and many impressive moments, though. For example the moody night time scene where the main character is seen walking around in the city, possibly looking for his next victim, is quite brilliant.

Despite my critisism the uncompromising nature of the film has won it numerous hard core fans. The film has a small but strong cult following in the west dating back from the days when it was released unofficially on video in the US. If you've got a strong stomach and feel like this might be your kind of film give it a try.

The only dvd release available at the moment, and most likely till the end of times, is the Japanese dvd by Geneon. It’s a very nice release with a good transfer and clean audio but little extras and no subtitles. The supplements consist of the original trailer and a four page booklet. The dvd cover art does not use any elements from the original poster which is a shame.

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Unread postby HungFist » 03 Dec 2007, 21:05

Ero shogun to nijuichi nin no aisho (1972)

Toei and Norifumi Suzuki know how to give pinku eiga an epic feel. Right from the beginning it’s clear that this is grand scale sexploitation. The budget may be small, but it doesn’t show. Loaded with some beautiful outdoor shots and typically impressive shogun’s inner palace footage Ero shogun to nijuichi nin no aisho is a good example an exploitation piece that could only have been born in Japan.

Ero shogun to nijuichi nin no aisho is not an action film. The main focus is on comedy and drama, spiced with soft core sex and occational brief swordfights. Some of the content is very silly, but sudden changes to more serious have never been a problem for Suzuki. The dialogue is plenty, but Suzuki’s direction is visually pleasing. The film is only hurt by the amount of flesh and carnal pleasures.

The cast is top notch. We’ve got Reiko Ike, who looks great with and without kimono, in a supporting role as a female ninja spy! The scene where she uses a sword hidden inside an umbrella to fight her enemies was later re-used by Teruo Ishii in the opening of Female Yakuza Tale. Also kudos to miss Ike’s hair stylish who has done excellent job in the movie. Reiko’s eternal rival Miki Sugimoto appears in the film, too, although her role is very brief. Other supporting roles feature Yoko Mihara, Emi Shiro and a quite few other pinky violence regulars.

The Toei dvd looks terrific. The image could be sharper, but everything else is top notch. Audio is clean as always on Toei dvds, and extras consist of the usual theatrical trailer and photo gallery (with some very nice production stills). Artwork is nice, but the reverse side is left empty. Toei used to print great b/w production photos on the reverse sides, but it seems like they’ve now stopped doing it.

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Unread postby HungFist » 05 Dec 2007, 14:28

Never mind about the ugly Wal-Mart covers on the Yoen dokufu-den films, as mentioned before the covers are fully reversible and look fantastic. No dvd logos, no english titles any of that shit on the reverse side. Great job Synapse.

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Unread postby HungFist » 17 Dec 2007, 19:26

Gotta be the best Meiko pic I have ever seen:

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Unread postby eddyospina » 30 Dec 2007, 00:16

HungFist,

Thanks for your work on this thread, it's been very interesting going back and reading the whole thread these past few days. I've been interesting in this sort of films since I caught a few at a Japanese film festival last summer. I wanted to order some DVDs but I've found it quite hard to find any information about them online so it's very good to find a thread like this one with so much information.

I was thinking of ordering a few DVDs you mentioned and I just had a few questions I thought you (or somebody) might be able to answer:

I wanted to order Sex & Fury but i've noticed the Panik House release seems to be out of print everywhere. Do you think it's worth paying extra for the OOP DVD or simply getting the UK version without the Chris D. commentry etc.?

I wanted to order the Pinky Violence Collection on CDWOW but I noticed it has two options listed by that title, one for 30GBP and one for 40! I assumed they'd be the same but the cover picture seems slightly different and the release date listed there is different too. Any idea why this is??

Any help would be much appriciated! :D

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Unread postby HungFist » 30 Dec 2007, 10:51

Thanks you very much.

Sex & Fury: If I were in your shoes my main concern would be the subtitle font, which was said to be "ugly" on the UK disc. The transfers should be next to identical. The commentary is not really worth extra money. Of course it's better than nothing and Chris D does know something about these films, but he's no Bey Logan when it comes to making entertaining commentaries.

PV box set: I don't know what's up with cdwow, but if I had to take a wild guess I'd say the cheaper one was added to the site before the box set was released (I don't remember the release date, but I think it was a little later than what they state... I think it got postponed from the original a bit... and the product description is partly wrong... claiming Criminal Woman to be a part of the Zero Woman series (wtf series?)) and the more expensive one was added later. But basically I think they are listing the same product twice (with different prices). I've seen it happen before. I'm quite sure the box set was never re-released.

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Unread postby HungFist » 30 Dec 2007, 13:31

oh, right, indeed. Welcome :D

Reiko gives you the girl gang greeting
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This is how I greet people nowadays, too :D

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Unread postby eddyospina » 30 Dec 2007, 18:02

Thanks guys, happy to be here :D

That greeting actually appeared in one of the movies I saw at the film festival, Suzuki's Sukeban Blues: Mesu Bachi no Chousen and the reaction from the crowd was unbelievable! Great movie too 8)

Thanks for the info HungFist, I took a risk and ordered the cheaper of the two sets, I'll get back to you on how it turns out. As for S&F, I may just go for the (cheaper but still not cheap!) UK version for the moment, hopefully I won't need the subs too much, unless I'm just overestimating my Japanese ability! If I enjoy it I'll probably go for the Panik House version of Female Yakuza Tale.

Also thinking of ordering Toei's recently reissued 4 Sasori films, on a bit of a Kaji Meiko kick right now :) Anyone heard anything about the quality these?

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Unread postby HungFist » 30 Dec 2007, 18:43

Sukeban Blues (drooling). What else did you see?

For Jailhouse 41 you need to get the Toei, unless if you can't stand the cropping, in which case you should get Pathe's French La Femme Scorpion box set (actually, you should get it anyway as it's the only way to own the New Female Prisoner films :D ) but you can save on the rest by getting the R1 Media Blaster's box set (includes parts 1,3 and 4). Media Blaster used the Toei transfers, although part has lower bitrate, part 3 was said to have slighty different (better) contrast, and part 4 I don't know except that the source material should be the same.

But then again, it would be cooler to own all the Meiko film on Toei so I don't blame you if you wanna get those 8)

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Media Blaster vs HK Video vs Pathe: http://www.bulletsnbabesdvd.com/forums/ ... php?t=2115

Jailhouse 41
Toei vs Studio Canal vs Pathe: http://www.bulletsnbabesdvd.com/forums/ ... php?t=3693

Beast Stable
Media Blasters vs Pathe: http://www.bulletsnbabesdvd.com/forums/ ... php?t=4059

Grudge Song
Media Blasters vs Pathe: http://www.bulletsnbabesdvd.com/forums/ ... php?t=4060

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New Female Prisoner
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http://www.bulletsnbabesdvd.com/forums/ ... &start=247

Tokushu-bo X
Film review and Pathe caps
http://www.bulletsnbabesdvd.com/forums/ ... &start=248

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Unread postby eddyospina » 30 Dec 2007, 20:13

Ugh, I was hoping this at least would be an easy choice!

You'd assume the Japanese releases would be the best quality but looking at the Jailhouse 41 caps the Pathe release seems superior. It's not so clear cut with the others though.

I wonder if the new limited (12/07-3/08 ) Toei releases are remastered. Is that the version of Jailhouse 41 you used for your comparison or was it the older one? Those releases are pretty cheap right now and I could still probably get the Pathe box for around the same price as the 4 original films from Toei. Grudge Song on the Pathe looks awful though!

But then again, it would be cooler to own all the Meiko film on Toei so I don't blame you if you wanna get those


I must admit this is also a factor :D

Thanks for the info!

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Unread postby eddyospina » 30 Dec 2007, 21:37

I'm gonna get such as credit card bill come January... :cry:

Sukeban Blues (drooling). What else did you see?

They were having a Norifumi Suzuki retropective so, along with a talk with the man himself (which I unfortunatly missed) they screened:

Osaka Do Konjyou Monogatari: Do Erai Yatsu (1968 Debut)
Silkhat no Oo-oyabun: Chobihige no Kuma (1970)
Tokugawa Sekkusu Kinshirei: Shikijyou Daimyou (1972) - Brilliant!
Sukeban Blues: Mesubachi no Chousen (1972)
Truck Yaro: Boukyou Ichiban Boshi (1976)
David no Hoshi: Bishoujyo Gari (1979)
Igano Kaba Maru (1983)

Unfortunatly I only caught, Sukeban Blues, Tokugawa Sekkusu Kinshirei and Truck Yaro. The screening of Truck Yaro was great though, it was screen outdoor in the castle grounds on a huge screen. They actually brought in the original retooled Ichiban Boshi truck from the movie! Great atmosphere, great night.

The other highlight was the all-night screening of festival highlights at the reopened grindhouse cinema, 10:30pm-8:00am 6 films. Again a great place to watch this sort of movies. I'll admit I knew next to nothing about Japanese Exploitation cinema before that but it was a great introduction! :D

They also had Uchida Yuya and Ishii Sogo collections, but the highlight for me were definatly the Suzuki films. I don't know whether it's something they're planning to do annually but if they did I'd definatly go back for that :twisted:

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Unread postby HungFist » 06 Jan 2008, 01:15

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Unread postby HungFist » 13 Jan 2008, 15:08

Here’s the book I mentioned before, 'Pinky Violence – Toei’s Bad Girl Films', by J-Taro Sugisaku and Takeshi Uechi. 276 pages full film descriptions, pictures, stills, posters, articles, interviews. Everything is in Japanese of course so to language handicapped this is a pure fan product. It’s still very useful with all the pictures and information about films that you didn’t knew existed.

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Unread postby HungFist » 14 Jan 2008, 15:00

Rica 3 (Konketsuji Rika: Hamagure komoriuta) (1973)

If you ever wanted to see a sequel without knowing anything about it forehand, here’s a good film to try your luck with... but, if you’re still reading, I’ll try to explain why the film took this viewer by a surprise. Rica 3 takes an U-turn from the previous instalment, not only by ditching the snowy landscapes Rica 2 in order to bathe in summer green, but also by practically switching genre. Rica 3 is a slapstick comedy born into an exploitation family.

The opening already is promising. Catfights, reform school girls, comical eye-patched guard, everybody wearing a mini skirt (excluding the males of course)... Everything is funny and silly, sometimes a bit sexy too but always in a very upbeat way. The big scratch to this image, which was maybe to be expected considering the genre film roots, comes in form of some rapes and threat of sexual violence. While none of it is graphic by exploitation film standards the fact that the victims are way underage give these scenes very nasty punch.

Another serious element in the film is the themes of racism, which have been prominent throughout the series but have been given most emphasis in this concluding part. But, I guess there’s no need to point out that this film isn’t exactly an intelligent analysis on anything. In fact, the one remarkable black character the film has - God forgive me if I’m wrong – doesn’t even seem like she was born black... And then of course we have our beautiful heroine beating the racists street thugs with a huge French bread...

The way the film mixes some sub-genres is a bit similiar to the first Rika film, and I feel these twists are better left unspoiled. Nevertheless, fans of laid-back 70’s pop movies should get several good kicks from the film. Cast-wise the film features solid supports with no irritating or unnecessary characters. The charming lead Rika Aoki, who forgot to take off her clothes the the previous film, no longer feels such need to cover herself up, although an all out nudity fest this film is not. But fan service is generous in form of Rika’s constantly changing and stylish outfits. The final reward is saved till the very end.

After Exploitation Digital’s somewhat disappointing work with the middle-Rica it comes as a positive surprise that the progressive dvd presentation for Rica 3 is very pleasing. The encoding problems that plagued the first film are gone, and the transfer is no longer overly soft and dark like in the second film. The amount of edge enhancement is about zero. The colours seem a little overdone at times, but while this isn’t a 100% pristine transfer there isn’t really any major flaws.

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