A group of wild young people, after enjoying antics in a jeep, kidnap a wealthy woman driver (Bunjaku Han) by shooting out her car tires. They set her free but she forms an attraction to a ... See full summary »
Mako and her girl friends enter a dispute with rival street gangsters The Eagles, a band of racist macho pigs led by the evil Baron, who hate half-breeds (descendents of afro-American and ... See full summary »
Two Japanese men help a Vietnam war deserter escape from Japan for Sweden. They plan to fund the escape by selling LSD pills. After word of the drug deal gets spread around they find themselves fending off rival gangs.
Tough girl biker Ako (pop singer Akiko Wada) comes across Mei (Meiko Kaji) and her girl gang (the Alleycats/Stray Cats) as they are about to have a knife fight in Shinjuku, Tokyo with ... See full summary »
After being cruelly set up and deceived by Sugimi (Natsuyagi Isao), a conniving and crooked detective she had whole-heartedly fallen in love with (and subsequently lost her virginity to...)... See full summary »
Kuroda (Jô Shishido) is a mob hitman who turns on his employers after being forced to execute his lover. Joining forces with his similarly wronged brothers, hot-headed Eiji (Tatsuya Fuji) ... See full summary »
Nami Matsushima, The Scorpion, still on the run from Kodama, meets Yasuo. Together they try to exact revenge on the corrupt detective, but when things go awry, Nami is back in prison and has to find a way to escape before being hanged.
Repeatedly beat to a pulp by gamblers, cops, and gangsters, lone wolf Shoji Yamanaka (Kinya Kitaoji) finally finds a home as a Muraoka family hit man and falls in love with boss Muraoka's ... See full synopsis »
Sasori is outside the prison and on the run from the police, wanted for breaking out of prison and murder. She takes refuge with a woman who has a brother with a learning disability. The ... See full summary »
Matsu, known to the prisoners as Scorpion, is locked away in the bowels of the prison as revenge for disrupting the smooth operation of the prison and for her disfiguring attack on the ... See full summary »
Jiro, an ex-convict, comes back to the street after eight years. The gang to which he belonged is nearly disbanded; only the aging boss in his sick bed remains. Still loyal to the ex-boss, ... See full summary »
The fifth and final Stray Cat Rock film finds Toshiya Fujita (who also directed the second installment, Wild Jumbo, but is most famous for making the Lady Snowblood movies) behind the camera. Like Wild Jumbo, Beat '71 isn't about girl gangs. No, here Meiko Kaji and Tatsuya Fuji are members of a hippie commune living in Tokyo. Kaji isn't even in this one all that much, though she's a central character. She spends much of the movie imprisoned with the other hippies attempting to save her. Kaji's boyfriend has been kidnapped by his politician father, who wants to save him from hippiedom, and frames Kaji for murder. She escapes and goes after the boyfriend, but is then captured and imprisoned in the politician's mansion. Eiji Go once again plays the villain, the leader of a gang hired by the politician to keep the hippies away. This is probably my third favorite of the series. Lots of fun stuff here, lots of great music. There is an annoying little kid, an adopted son of one of the hippies, but he isn't too bad, even though he probably has more screen time than Meiko Kaji.
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