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Ginchô wataridori (1972)

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 »

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Nami Higuchi
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Kayo
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Yuka
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Kyôko
Hiroshi Itsuki
Yoshiko Iwamoto ...
Mari
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Mitsuru Yajima
Keiichi Kitagawa ...
Miyamoto
Chie Kobayashi ...
Midori
Hajime Kubo ...
Sushimasa
Rieko Maruyama ...
Miki
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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

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1 April 1972 (Japan)  »

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Wandering Ginza Butterfly  »

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A failed combination "weepie"/yakuza flick.
12 June 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Meiko Kaji has been great in a number of films, but even she can't save this film from an uninspired script and wholly lackluster direction. The story is a combination of a womens' "weepie" about the protagonist's trials and tribulations after serving a three-year prison hitch, and though the DVDs packaging would lead one to believe it's an action-packed story about a yakuza chick who's very handy with a sword, there is no action whatsoever until the last ten minutes or so, and what little we get is just not worth the uninvolving buildup. I love Japanese cinema and have endured far worse than WANDERING GINZA BUTTERFLY, but its overwhelming mediocrity dooms it to the "I have better things to do than watch this" category. Skip this and check out Kaji in the vastly superior LADY SNOWBLOOD. You won't be disappointed by that one!


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