And you thought your years in high school were rough! Well, think again! Welcome to Hope Hill High, a Japanese school please disregard the tacky and typically American name were the desperate student counsel struggles with a recurring problem. The aggressive and relentless members of the Yagyu biker gang stop by the school each semester to beat up the kids, steal their lunch money and vandalize their belongings. The kids want to fight back but realize they're too weak and undermanned against the bikers, and so they hire a handful of tough gals to train and defend them "Seven Samurai" style. The plan is a huge success at first, but the battle becomes more vicious and deadlier when it turns out the female leader of the bikers and the head-samurai are old nemeses. A couple of years ago, I wrote a review for an extremely obscure film called "Crazy Thunder Road" and claimed it was Japan's only deranged biker-gang flick. I stand corrected, as back then I didn't know about the existence of "Go for Broke". This is more than just a biker film, however, especially with the aforementioned "Seven Samurai" theme but also the clear influences of the so-called "Pinku" violence films of the 70's, where sexy schoolgirls in revealing uniforms kicked butt and sucked on lollipops. "Go for Broke" isn't very violent or sleazy, but it nevertheless has a swinging atmosphere and it's entertaining too watch at least once, even though it's too long and the English dubbing is absolutely horrendous. The video box promisingly states "A peaceful high school playground turns into a disturbing bloodbath", but that's just a slight exaggeration as the film hardly features any blood or unsettling moments. A friend of mine coincidentally just stumbled on an ancient videotape of this crazed 80's production, but it's extremely rare and unknown. Luckily enough, it's not really worth tracking down.
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