MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 15,632 this week

Ginchô wataridori (1972)

 -  Action | Drama  -  1 April 1972 (Japan)
7.0
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.0/10 from 164 users  
Reviews: 4 user | 15 critic

Nami, a young woman, is released from the prison after serving 3 years for killing a man. She becomes a hostess to support a sick woman thanks to whom she was released before her term. ... See full summary »

Director:

0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 317 titles
created 06 Oct 2011
 
a list of 146 titles
created 07 Aug 2012
 
a list of 59 titles
created 13 Dec 2012
 
list image
a list of 47 titles
created 12 Oct 2013
 
a list of 64 titles
created 6 months ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Ginchô wataridori (1972)

Ginchô wataridori (1972) on IMDb 7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Ginchô wataridori.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Director: Kinji Fukasaku
Stars: Tetsuya Watari, Meiko Kaji, Seizô Fukumoto
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

One dark and stormy night, a middle age prison escapee haphazardly breaks into the luxurious mason of a wealthy and privileged family and rapes the young wife in front of her bound husband.... See full summary »

Director: Noribumi Suzuki
Stars: Hiromi Namino, Natsuko Yashiro, Asami Ogawa
Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Reiko Oshida stars as a young wannabe gangster tough girl, just released from reform school. She tracks down one of her classmates fathers, who runs an auto repair shop that the local ... See full summary »

Director: Kazuhiko Yamaguchi
Stars: Reiko Oshida, Junzaburô Ban, Nobuo Kaneko
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

After escaping from an insane asylum, a young medical student takes on the ide4ntity of a dead man to discover the true identity of a man whose picture he saw in a newspaper--who is his ... See full summary »

Director: Teruo Ishii
Stars: Teruo Yoshida, Yukie Kagawa, Teruko Yumi
Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Nami(played by Meiko Kaji) returns to Tokyo to find the man who killed her father 13 years ago. On the way she saves a young woman named Hanae who's father had sold her for prostitution. ... See full summary »

Director: Kazuhiko Yamaguchi
Stars: Meiko Kaji, Shin'ichi Chiba, Shingo Yamashiro
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

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 »

Director: Atsushi Mihori
Stars: Reiko Ike, Miki Sugimoto, Chiyoko Kazama
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Lee Long is a martial-arts champion who the police use as an undercover agent to infiltrate a drug ring responsible for importing heroin from Japan to Hong Kong. When he is identified and ... See full summary »

Director: Kazuhiko Yamaguchi
Stars: Etsuko Shihomi, Emi Hayakawa, Sanae Ôhori
Drama | Thriller | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Director: Shunya Itô
Stars: Meiko Kaji, Mikio Narita, Reisen Ri
Crime | Music | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Director: Yasuharu Hasebe
Stars: Akiko Wada, Meiko Kaji, Kôji Wada
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

In the 1970s, the Japanese youth emancipation also found it's way into the yakuza (crime) societies. A Girl Boss may have a choice between bikes, and between boyfriends. But she has to ... See full summary »

Director: Noribumi Suzuki
Stars: Reiko Ike, Yukie Kagawa, Shinsuke Taki
Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Director: Toshiya Fujita
Stars: Meiko Kaji, Bunjaku Han, Takeo Chii
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A life in reform school has left Rika (Reiko Oshida) with the yearning to start life anew as a regular Japanese citizen... See full synopsis »

Director: Kazuhiko Yamaguchi
Stars: Keiko Fuji, Reiko Oshida, Kayako Sono
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Meiko Kaji ...
Nami Higuchi
Tsunehiko Watase ...
Ryûji
Akiko Koyama ...
Kayo
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mieko Aoyagi ...
Saeko
Meg Flower ...
Yuka
Takeshige Hatanaka ...
Ôwada's Henchman
Rena Ichinose ...
Female Prisoner
Tomiko Ishii ...
Kyôko
Hiroshi Itsuki
Yoshiko Iwamoto ...
Mari
Tatsuya Kameyama ...
Mitsuru Yajima
Keiichi Kitagawa ...
Miyamoto
Chie Kobayashi ...
Midori
Hajime Kubo ...
Sushimasa
Rieko Maruyama ...
Miki
Edit

Storyline

Nami, a young woman, is released from the prison after serving 3 years for killing a man. She becomes a hostess to support a sick woman thanks to whom she was released before her term. While trying to manage her own life and helping the sick woman she becomes involved in a Yakuza scheme to take over the bar she works for. She has to use her wits and skills at pool table to save the bar and her own life. Written by Janis Livens

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Action | Drama

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

1 April 1972 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Wandering Ginza Butterfly  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

,  »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

References The Hustler (1961) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A worthy addition to Meiko Kaji's filmography now on DVD
2 May 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Wandering Ginza Butterfly Reviewed by Tim Irwin This is the first time this film has been released on DVD and I am quite excited. It's one of the many movies that the Toei Company made in the early 1970's about the Yakuza and various gangster activities in Tokyo. It features Meiko Kaji, the star of numerous franchises during the 1970's. She was not only Lady Snowblood before Uma Thurman and Quentin Tarantino came along, she was also in Stray Cat Rock: Sex Hunter and other films from that franchise, and she was Prisoner 701 in the Joshuu series. Not to mention the various Kinji Fukasaku films she starred in.

And now the folks at Synapse Films recently put together this transfer and presented us with another one of Meiko's films. Be careful going into it, though, because if you're expecting something like Yakuza Deka (with Sonny Chiba, who starred in Wandering Ginza Butterfly 2 with Meiko) you might be disappointed. This is a Yakuza film, to be sure, but it's more of a drama than an action or gangster movie.

Meiko is Nami and is again in prison. Same name, same story as the Joshuu films, but no matter. This time she's just been released after three years hard time. She heads back to Tokyo to meet up with her uncle, who owns a billiard hall and taught her how to hustle pool. She gets involved with a local semi-gangster, Ryuji, who hooks the various sex clubs up with hostesses. Since she's rather attractive (and tough) she soon becomes one of the best hostesses around: pretty enough to attract clientèle and mean enough to make sure they pay.

But of course the Owada clan is muscling in on the Ginza neighborhood, and soon the club's owner finds she is being bullied into selling the club to Owada or forfeiting it outright. This is when Nami gets a chance to pay back the kindness shown to her by Ryuji and the club's Madam.

There is quite a bit going on in the story, including several side plots having to do with Nami's past and how she ended up in prison. The first 75 minutes of the film are almost solely concerned with these flashbacks and her current hostessing. This is not a bad thing, but if you're expecting geysers of blood at every turn you might become slightly bored.

Then, in the final ten minutes, the film erupts in an orgy of violence. It's almost like the recent films of Takeshi Kitano, where everything is calm and peaceful before exploding in brief and brutal violence. The main difference is that here the small amount of violence follows the same style as Lady Snowblood, with the slashing and stabbing. One might also expect a fair amount of sex and nudity, much like Female Prisoner #701: Scorpion. However, almost all the nudity is discreet and only present in pinup posters on a wall.

From a production standpoint, Wandering Ginza Butterfly is very similar to other Japanese gangster films from the same time period. There are moments of stylish directing, such as the camera that searches the background until it finds the one person it wants to portray. Other than that everything merely exists to push the story along. Kaji has the physical presence and beauty to convincingly play Nami, and the other actors also turn in fine performances.

From a DVD standpoint the transfer is very well done. The Japanese mono soundtrack is present with optional English subtitles, and the picture is very clear and crisp, especially for an older foreign film.

This is definitely worth catching, especially for those hardcore fans of Meiko Kaji. Keep in mind, however, that it's not one of your standard pinky violence flicks; here the blood and nudity is kept fairly well under wraps. Regardless, it's short, sweet and climaxes with a payoff worthy of any fan of the genre.


7 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Ginchô wataridori (1972) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?