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Zenka onna: koroshi-bushi (1973)

Reiko Ike stars as the daughter of a man who has been pushed into drug dealing by the local Yakuza mob. Having outlived his usefulness to the gang he is murdered and Reiko is gang raped, ... See full summary »

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Maki Hashima
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Masayo Tani
Chiyoko Kazama ...
Natsuko Kimura
Masami Sôda ...
Yukie Nakagawa
Yumiko Katayama ...
Kaoru Ashida
Ryôji Hayama ...
Boss Kiichi Oba
Shinzô Hotta ...
Hayami
Seiya Satô ...
Sugai
Keiichi Kitagawa ...
Yabuki
Tooru Hanada ...
Ogata
Bontarô Miake ...
Yasutarô Hamada(Hamayasu)
Takeo Chii ...
Tetsu Hamada
Hiroshi Date ...
Ôshima
Hirohisa Nakata ...
Miyamoto
Naoyuki Sugano ...
Teruo
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Reiko Ike stars as the daughter of a man who has been pushed into drug dealing by the local Yakuza mob. Having outlived his usefulness to the gang he is murdered and Reiko is gang raped, leading her to attempt a knife attack on the Yakuza boss (Ryoji Hayama) at a swank nightclub. Failing to kill him she ends up in prison, where she befriends a crew of other malcontents (including Yumiko Katayama and Chiyoko Kazama) and meets the Yakuza boss's girlfriend (Miki Sugimoto). Upon release Reiko reassembles her mob and launches a Machiavellian scheme to engineer a gang war between Hayama's Oba Industries and the formerly dominant Hamayasu Clan. The rival gangs begin killing each other off and Reiko works her way closer to her ultimate vengeance. Written by rabbit541

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27 October 1973 (Japan)  »

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Moderatly entertaining exploitation
16 April 2006 | by (NYC) – See all my reviews

They don't make them like this anymore. Shot in 1970's Japanese pulp action style but very well photographed for this type of, ahem, "trash". Could be a TV show from the era if it wasn't for the nudity and gore.

The "heroine" is on a quest to revenge her "good-for-nothing" father, killed by a local yakuza. After a failed attempt she ends up in prison and meets her future gang of tough women. After she is released, the gang meets and starts their process of destroying the yakuza with strategy and tricks.

Very much in the 1970's exploitation style, the film would feel at home on a double bill with a Pam Grier flick, a spaghetti western, a kung fu film or a Roger Corman women in prison movie. Unfortunately the story is just a little thread-bare with the yakuza too stupid and the coincidences too convenient. The film is quite enjoyable until the notorious chainsaw and nipple burning scene. That scene is actually not so bad since it was filmed in the 70's and psychopaths like Miike weren't making films yet. I shudder at what he would have done. The film just sort of looses it's moorings and gets silly. Fortunately the pacing stays brisk so it's still mostly fun to watch. One warning, there are some eye-searing 70's fashions. Yikes.


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