Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Girl Boss Revenge: Sukeban (1973)

Director: Norifumi Suzuki
Media Blasters DVD

This one is pure exploitation. I've never seen this many women get beaten in a ninety minute period and I'm from Texas. It starts as brutal, shifts to silly, and ends at disturbing. And I don't mean that as a compliment. This one was a bit of a chore, I had a hard time figuring out who we were supposed to be following as the story shifts constantly between too many characters. It's about an all girl gang, at war with another girl gang, also at war with yakuza who force women into prostitution, and some people want revenge... I guess. There's also a sleazy filmmaker character that shoots porno's but says that's how all the greats start out. Could Suzuki be referencing himself? How clever. In all seriousness, the best sequences in the film happens when art and violence meet in one of the (many) fight scenes as the brutality takes place in front of the Mona Lisa and the accompanying score is filled with ominous woodwinds. Most of the score is quite excellent really, much better than the movie deserved. Ultimately a forgettable entry from an exciting time in Japanese cult cinema.


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