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Konketsuji Rika (1972)

First film of a trilogy following the dramatic life of Rika, a half-Japanese/half-American woman who becomes the tough-as-nails leader of an all-girl crime gang.

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Rika Aoki ...
Rica
Kazuko Nagamoto ...
Reiko
Masami Souda ...
Hanako
Michi Nono ...
Junko
Fuminori Sato ...
Tetsu
Ryôhei Uchida ...
Mr Z
Masane Tsukayama ...
Numata
Yasuo Arakawa ...
Sabu
Sotoshi Moritsuka ...
Hirose
Yoshihiro Nakadai ...
Tachibana
Jun Ôtomo ...
Tabuchi
Emiko Azuma ...
Reform School Director
Kotoe Hatsui ...
Middle-aged Lady
Kazuko Imai ...
Kayo
Kunio Ôtsuka ...
Yoshikawa
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First film of a trilogy following the dramatic life of Rika, a half-Japanese/half-American woman who becomes the tough-as-nails leader of an all-girl crime gang.

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Followed by Konketsuji Rika: Hitoriyuku sasuraitabi (1973) See more »

Soundtracks

Rica My Girl
Music by Kyôhei Tsutsumi
Lyrics by Jun Hashimoto
Sung by Rika Aoki
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Fast paced exciting pinky violence saga
21 October 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I consider this comparable to Truck Turner in the blaxploitation genre. Not the best example of pinky violence, but one of the most entertaining. There's enough 'plot' here to fill 5 movies though it's rather episodic in nature. Lots of exploitative scenes (nudity, violence, catfights, etc.), also some anti-USA sentiment.

I just saw Rica 2 Lonely Wanderer yesterday. Not quite the exploitation showcase as the first, and with more conventional and less frantic pacing. No reform schools here, and no nudity from the star (Rika), though it does have some anti-USA bias. It's still a quite good followup and perhaps more believable than the original (which may actually detract from the entertainment value). Judging from the trailer, looks like the third installment is less sedate and more of a roller coaster ride like the first one.


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