Female Convict Scorpion: Jailhouse 41 (1972)

"You're a beautiful flower" – his words flatter you today But once you're in full bloom, he'll just toss you away. Foolish, foolish, foolish woman's song. Her song of vengeance. "Sorrow is my fate." So you've given up on men. Show him your tears and he'll bring you grief again. Tearful, tearful, tearful woman's song.… Continue reading Female Convict Scorpion: Jailhouse 41 (1972)

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. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JktWQwLPI2U Meiko Kaji returns again, as does… Continue reading Stray Cat Rock: Machine Animal (1970)

Stray Cat Rock: Sex Hunter (1970)

Shot at the same time as the second film in the Stray Cat Rock series, Wild Jumbo, this third film has the return of director Yasuharu Hasebe. This time around, the Alleycats -- led by Mako, played by series star Meiko Kaji -- battle the male gang the Eagles. Look -- any movie that starts with a girl versus… Continue reading Stray Cat Rock: Sex Hunter (1970)

Stray Cat Rock: Wild Jumbo (1970)

Released only three months after the first film in the series, Toshiya Fujita's replaces Yasuharu Hasebe for the second of five Stray Cat Rock films. No worries -- they'll split directing duties for the rest of these films. This one is concerned with five friends who come up with a plan to rob 30 million yen (about… Continue reading Stray Cat Rock: Wild Jumbo (1970)

Stray Cat Rock: Delinquent Girl Boss (1970)

Also known as Alleycat Rock: Female Boss, Female Juvenile Delinquent Leader: Alleycat Rock and Wildcat Rock, Yasuharu Hasebe directed this "violent pink" film, which is stylish yet grim, presenting a Japan that's been through hell and refuses to look back. Everyone dresses well. Everyone is ready to fight. Everyone is prepared to die. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s-8j3ylfl1E Roger Corman’s 1966 outlaw biker… Continue reading Stray Cat Rock: Delinquent Girl Boss (1970)

The Glorious Seven (2019)

Seven mercenaries make up The Glorious Seven in writer-director Harald Franklin’s homage to Akira Kurosawa's 1954 film The Seven Samurai. The film has already been remade before. In 1960, director John Sturges turned it into The Magnificent Seven, which led to three sequels, Return of the Seven, Guns of the Magnificent Seven and The Magnificent Seven Ride. There was also a… Continue reading The Glorious Seven (2019)