The sauciest, fashion-savviest girl gang flick ever committed to celluloid! Iconic songstress Meiko Kaji stars as the Mako, commander of the Alleycats, out for justice against her gang-leader boyfriend Baron (Tatsuya Fuji). Baron’s racial rabblerousing drives her to take any means necessary to right wrong, including Molotov cocktails. Deftly juggling stylized aesthetics and exploitation thrills with the straightforward realities of questionable social attitudes, it’s a groovy visual feast that became a cult favorite and marks a transition point in Nikkatsu’s output between the 1960s and 70s. —Film Society of Lincoln Center
Yasuharu Hasebe (長谷部安春 Hasebe Yasuharu, April 4, 1932-June 14, 2009) was a Japanese film director best known known for his movies in the “Violent pink” subgenre of the Pink film, such as Assault! Jack the Ripper (1976), Rape! (1976), Rape! 13th Hour (1977) and Raping! (1978). Earlier genre films directed by Hasebe include Black Tight Killers (1966) and the Alleycat Rock series (1970).
Hasebe recalled a trusting relationship with his father, whom he considered the biggest influence on his life. In the post-war years, Hasebe was influenced strongly by American and French films, particularly American “B” movies, and the films of John Huston and Samuel Fuller. After studying French literature at Waseda University, he began working at Nikkatsu studios in 1958. For eight years he worked as an assistant director, including a lengthy apprenticeship under Seijun Suzuki. He was given his first chance to direct in 1966 with Black Tight Killers. He directed more action… read more
I totally digged this film. It is now on Instant Watch via Netflix, take advantage of it! The soundtrack is impeccable. Also, a very well put together film all over.