MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 24,262 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 170 users  
Reviews: 4 user | 14 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

Editors' Spotlight

Leonard Nimoy: 1931-2015

Best known for his work on "Star Trek," actor and director Leonard Nimoy died on Friday in Los Angeles. Read our full story on his varied career, and view our memorial photo gallery.

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 80 titles
created 28 Dec 2011
 
a list of 146 titles
created 07 Aug 2012
 
a list of 67 titles
created 17 Mar 2013
 
list image
a list of 47 titles
created 12 Oct 2013
 
a list of 64 titles
created 8 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... 

Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

After the mysterious death of her mother, a young woman chooses to enter a convent to find out what happened. As soon as the door closes to the nunnery, the nuns start torturing the woman. ... See full summary »

Director: Noribumi Suzuki
Stars: Yumi Takigawa, Emiko Yamauchi, Yayoi Watanabe
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 identity 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
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

In the teeming black markets of postwar Japan, Shozo Hirono (Bunta Sugawara) and his buddies find themselves in a new war between factious and ambitious yakuza... See full synopsis »

Director: Kinji Fukasaku
Stars: Bunta Sugawara, Hiroki Matsukata, Kunie Tanaka
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
Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Three new students at a super-strict girl's school must face off with a repressive school administration, the sadistic, murderous student discipline brigade and corrupt politicians over the... See full summary »

Director: Noribumi Suzuki
Stars: Miki Sugimoto, Reiko Ike, Seiko Saburi
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

The story of a Ronin (i.e. a masterless samurai) who wanders the countryside of Japan with his small child, having various adventures.

Director: Kenji Misumi
Stars: Tomisaburô Wakayama, Fumio Watanabe, Tomoko Mayama
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

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.

Director: Yasuharu Hasebe
Stars: Tatsuya Fuji, Noriko Kurosawa, Meiko Kaji
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
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Director: Nobuo Nakagawa
Stars: Junko Miyazono, Reiko Ônobuta, Tôru Abe
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Director: Yutaka Kohira
Stars: Yumi Takigawa, Yûsuke Natsu, Yoko Konno
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Director: Toshiya Fujita
Stars: Meiko Kaji, Bunjaku Han, Takeo Chii
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Director: Yasuzô Masumura
Stars: Mieko Harada, Natsuko Kahara, Meiko Kaji
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?

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Wow....I was so completely indifferent to this one and that really surprised me.
5 December 2012 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

I have seen Meiko Kaji in several films, including her "Lady Snowblood" films. They were very stylish and never dull. Here in "Wandering Ginza Butterfly", however, I was shocked by how little I cared for the movie. The biggest problem is that nothing particularly happened for the first 90% of the film and the finale just wasn't enough to save it. And, too often, story points just seem to lead no where.

The film begins in prison where Kaji is incarcerated. However, oddly, the film turns out NOT to be a prison film. It's also odd when later a cell-mate appears and then disappears quickly and nothing comes of this! As I said, the film has several subplots that just seemed to fizzle. One interesting aspect of the film, however, was when you learn WHY Kaji's character was in prison and how she deals with making amends for her wicked past. I would have liked to see more of this and why this plot was in a film that essentially becomes a revenge film is odd.

As for most of the rest of the film, lots of low-lifes from the Ginza district of Tokyo make up the movie. While you soon assume that all this will lead to a big showdown with the leader of the Owada clan, the film meanders a bit getting there. There is even a lengthy tense snooker match (snooker?!) that, in the end, NOTHING COMES OF IT! And, soon after, Kaji OUT OF NO WHERE becomes a killing machine along with her male friend. To me, there are just a ton of plot points tossed together haphazardly--and in the end it all boils down to a good old fashioned kill-fest. One that begins with a really, really fake looking rubber hand being stabbed.

If it sounds like I didn't like this film very much, that is correct. I wanted something like Kaji's MUCH better "Lady Snowblood" films but all I got was a dull film with a plot that seemed in need of some editing and polishing.

By the way, the next film in this series has almost nothing to do with "Wandering Ginza Butterfly"! It's not great but it is certainly a big improvement.


0 of 0 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:
?