Stray Cat Rock: Machine Animal (1970)

In the fourth of five Stray Cat Rock (or Alleycat Rock) films, two Japanese men help a deserter from the Vietnam War escape to Sweden and fund their plan by selling LSD. But soon, rival gangs find out about the drug deal and want a piece of the action for themselves.

Meiko Kaji returns again, as does the jazzy rock and roll and elements of style established by the first four films in the series. Director Yasuharu Hasebe returns as well, filming this installment in just two weeks. It was released two months after the last one, so either they were rushing to get these out before the trend died or the Japanese public was demanding more and more girl gang group movies.

This one is a lot like the first two, other than the acid taking sequence, which has our heroes Maya and Nobu refusing to partake. Drugs were really becoming part of Japan’s culture here, but take it from someone that’s been there a few times. Thanks to incredibly strict prison sentences for even first offenders, any taking of them is kept incredibly secretive. That said — if you want to see a movie where Del Monte canned tomatoes turn into blood…

There’s also a lot of bowling in between all the motorcycle chases and go-go dancing. It just kind of makes sense, I guess.

You can watch this on Amazon Prime or get the Arrow Video box set.

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