A high-school girl inherits a declining yakuza organisation, which seeks to repair its fortunes under her leadership. This mixture of deadpan comedy and outlandish action was a smash hit in Japan. A generation of young Japanese women grew up reciting lines of dialogue from this movie.
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Somai revisited. Upon rewatching I remembered how damn cool this bubblegum yakuza flick really is. The premise is totally ludicrous but in Somai's hands it's a pop masterpiece. His long takes are pure cinematic joy and Hiroko Yakushimaru is a delightful ball of youthful energy in the lead role. Those eye-popping colours! The crazy fashion sense! The bad/good pop music! Oh 80s Tokyo, alas we shall never meet.
There are some beautiful shots of a fast-paced, postmodern 1980s Tokyo--the sailor suit-clad Izumi against a bubbling city filled with violence, cruelty, and the adult form of love. The ending song is one of my favorites:
"While I store all the men I loved in my fond memories //
I urge that someday they will //
Do the same for me //
Just stick a tiny note somewhere at the corner of their hearts"