Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Girl Boss Blues: Queen Bee's Counterattack (1971)

Director: Norifumi Suzuki

Starring: Reiko Ike

More Info: IMDB

Plot: In the 1970s, the Japanese youth emancipation also found it's way into the yakuza (crime) societies. A Girl Boss may have a choice between bikes, and between boyfriends. But she has to defend her choices the hard way, as her triumph and power over the girls' gang is questioned by her female rivals, and the all powerful Yakuza Boss. She inspires loyalty to her girls, and to men to the extent of many of them literally giving their lives for her - in a world of knife and gun fighting, bike and car chasing, and violent death.

My Rating: 6/10

Would I watch it again? I hate to say it but no.

The Pinky Violence genre is one I'm totally behind. I've seen more than a dozen of them and they're generally very watchable and lots of fun. This one is probably the worst of the bunch so far but it's still somewhat enjoyable.

This one's got more brooding and talk than action and crazy fun with most of the latter happening in the second half. The pacing is kind of slow sometimes but if you're still there for the last half hour or so then you're in for a treat. 'Cause you get THIS!

WTF? Exactly. Leave it to the Japanese to come up with something this outrageous NEARLY 40 YEARS AGO!!! And I thought riding bikes just saved you money on gas. I'm sold.

Like all of this genre's films, there's lots of T&A, cat fights and some action. You're bound to see something that you've never seen before when checking any of these out. Not all of them are enthralling but they're beautifully shot and well-crafted. You could do much much worse.

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