6.7/10
115
2 user 15 critic

Gincho nagaremono mesuneko bakuchi (1972)

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:

Writers:

(screenplay), (subtitles) | 1 more credit »
Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Nami is an ex-convict who becomes a hostess to support a sick woman who bailed her out. In doing so, she gets involved in a local gangster's scheme to take over the bar she works for.

Director: Kazuhiko Yamaguchi
Stars: Meiko Kaji, Tatsuo Umemiya, Tsunehiko Watase
Action | Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

The head of a yakuza gang is being trailed by a mysterious, vengeful blind woman.

Director: Teruo Ishii
Stars: Meiko Kaji, Hoki Tokuda, Makoto Satô
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Once again on the lam, Matsu is helped by a strip club worker who holds a grudge against the detective who's trying to find her.

Director: Yasuharu Hasebe
Stars: Meiko Kaji, Masakazu Tamura, Yumi Kanei
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

After being used and betrayed by the detective she had fallen in love with, young Matsu is sent to a female prison full of sadistic guards and disobedient prisoners.

Director: Shun'ya Itô
Stars: Meiko Kaji, Rie Yokoyama, Yayoi Watanabe
Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Hijiriko makes off from the bar she works at with money and a car that isn't hers. Meanwhile, Jiro Katagiri is up to no good with his gangster friends and ends up making off with all their ... See full summary »

Director: Sadao Nakajima
Stars: Tsunehiko Watase, Meiko Kaji, Ryôhei Uchida
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A wandering tough biker girl aids a female delinquent gang in their battles against an all-male Seiyu group over a fixed boxing match.

Director: Yasuharu Hasebe
Stars: Akiko Wada, Meiko Kaji, Kôji Wada
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A young criminal joins a yakuza family to kill the gangsters who beat him up, but falls in love with his boss' widow niece, piling up enemies and corpses along his wayward way.

Director: Kinji Fukasaku
Stars: Bunta Sugawara, Shin'ichi Chiba, Meiko Kaji
Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Matsu is sheltered by an incestuous prostitute on her run from the police, her ex-prison mate and a cop whose arm she hacked off.

Director: Shun'ya Itô
Stars: Meiko Kaji, Mikio Narita, Reisen Ri
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

After spending a year in solitary confinement, Matsu escapes from prison with six more convicts, followed by the guards led by the vengeful warden who wants her dead at all costs.

Director: Shun'ya Itô
Stars: Meiko Kaji, Fumio Watanabe, Yukie Kagawa
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

In order to investigate her mother's strange death, a woman enters a sacred convent run by hypocritical, perverse nuns.

Director: Noribumi Suzuki
Stars: Yumi Takigawa, Emiko Yamauchi, Yayoi Watanabe
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A rich merchant gives his clerk an I.O.U. instead of wages. When the impoverished clerk presents the paper to the merchant at the agreed upon time asking for payment, the man flies into a ... See full summary »

Director: Yasuzô Masumura
Stars: Meiko Kaji, Ryûdô Uzaki, Hisashi Igawa
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

During the Meiji era, a gambler called Ocho takes revenge on three gangsters who killed her father, shelters a wanted anarchist and confronts a British spy.

Director: Noribumi Suzuki
Stars: Reiko Ike, Akemi Negishi, Ryôko Ema
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
...
Nami Higuchi
...
Ryûji (as Sonny Chiba)
Shingo Yamashiro ...
Monjirô Tôgarashi
Fujio Suga ...
Sônosuke Aiboshi
Junzaburô Ban ...
Senzô Asai
Tamase Mitsukawa ...
Hanae Asai
Tôru Yuri ...
Smokey Naka
Yukie Kagawa ...
Miyoko
Hideo Murota ...
Tadokoro
Hiroshi Tachi ...
George (as Hiroshi Tate)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Maki Kawamura ...
Kaju
Osamu Kimura ...
Bartender
Keiichi Kitagawa ...
Yazawa
Chie Kobayashi ...
Yukari
Akira Kuji ...
Edit

Storyline

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. But by doing this noble thing she becomes involved with Yakuza gang who doesn't want to let their property go and wants to keep a tight control over the Ginza district. With the help of Ryuji(played by Sonny Chiba) she has to find the man who killed her father and deal with the Yakuza threat. Written by Janis Livens

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Action | Crime

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

25 October 1972 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Wandering Ginza Butterfly II: She-Cat Gambler  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

GINJO series. #2 of 2 films. See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Similar to the first, which is not a bad thing in the slightest
3 May 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Wandering Ginza Butterfly 2: She-Cat Gambler reviewed by Tim Irwin

Along with the first Wandering Ginza Butterfly movie, Synapse Films has released its sequel. Once again the transfer is clean and neat, and the subtitles are once again very well done. And once again, the sequel is basically the same movie as the first time around, but with Sonny Chiba added to the mix and gambling taking the place of hustling pool.

Nami (played again by Meiko Kaji), is once again wandering around Tokyo and the surrounding areas. She's a professional gambler, following in the footsteps of her wrongly murdered father. She's still a tough cookie, and still quite beautiful. Her first act is to save a girl sold into prostitution. She rescues her and takes her back to Tokyo to work as a hostess (without the sex) at a club run by an old friend of Nami's. She also runs into a no-good gambler thug and helps him out, putting him forever in her debt. Then she runs into Sonny Chiba, this time playing a character named Ryuji (like the first movie, but not the same character). He runs the only other prostitution ring outside of the Aoshida Company, which is the evil corporation of Yakuza this time around. But he's a nice guy and very kind to his girls.

In any case, things go okay until Aoshida starts muscling in on the club and Ryuji's racket. It doesn't help matters that he might have had something to do with Nami's father's death. Eventually everything ends up in another orgy of violence and destruction.

Up until that point, though, the film is again basically a Yakuza drama. This time, though, there's more comedy thrown in, even some slapstick stuff with Chiba and the no-good gambler. There's even a little more nudity, though most of it is still in pinups on the walls. The violence, however brief it may be, is a fair bit more bloody and spurty than the previous entry.

I wasn't sure if it was supposed to be a sequel or a prequel, since some events line up in both films, such as Nami's father being dead. In the end I decided it was more like the Yakuza Deka films, also starring Chiba, where from the first to the second we basically get the same characters in slightly different situations. It's almost like alternate universes where the same people exist yet get into different trouble.

No matter, I still quite enjoyed the film. It's nice having the thirty plus years since its release to appreciate the two almost as companion pieces. Chiba adds quite a bit this time around, as his presence always does. The directing has a few more stylish flourishes that Kazuhiko Yamaguchi must have learned between the films. Kaji is once again wonderful as the same character she almost always plays. She's tough and independent, a wanderer in the rough streets of Tokyo. She's pretty but able to handle herself, not taking any crap from anyone. Plus, at the end of the film it's all slicey-dicey goodness.

This film is perhaps a little better than the first one, but as a sequel it doesn't have quite the same effect. Since both films are 86 minutes long it's no problem watching them together; a double dose of Kaji never hurt anyone. Well worth watching.


4 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?