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Stray Cat Rock: Sex Hunter (1970)

Nora-neko rokku: Sekkusu hantaa (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Thriller | 22 June 2004 (USA)
A street girl gang clashes with racist local gangsters after one of the girls starts dating an Afro-Japanese man.

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Yasuharu Hasebe

Writers:

Yasuharu Hasebe (as Takashi Fujii), Ai Kennedy (translation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Meiko Kaji ... Mako
Rikiya Yasuoka ... Kazuma
Tatsuya Fuji ... Baron
Jirô Okazaki ... Susumu
Yuki Arikawa ... Megumi
Tomoko Aki Tomoko Aki ... Peko
Yôko Takagi Yôko Takagi ... Megumi
Akemi Nara Akemi Nara ... Bar Blues Madam
Setsuko Minami Setsuko Minami ... Kiko
Mari Koiso ... Mari
Mie Hanabusa ... Yuka
Nobuko Aoki ... Miki
Saburô Hiromatsu Saburô Hiromatsu
Tomio Aoki
Hajime Sugiyama Hajime Sugiyama ... Gorô
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Storyline

Mako and her girl friends enter a dispute with rival street gangsters The Eagles, a band of racist macho pigs led by the evil Baron, who hate half-breeds (descendents of afro-American and Japanese couples). When one of the girls start dating a half-breed, they start a terror campaign to take all of them out of town. Mako and her gang fight back, helping their new friend Kazuma find his long gone sister. Written by Anonymous

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Crime | Thriller

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Filmed back-to-back with Stray Cat Rock: Wild Jumbo (1970). Meiko Kaji and the Alleycats were shuttled back and forth between the two sound studios, although the male leads all stayed put. See more »

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Followed by Stray Cat Rock: Machine Animal (1970) See more »

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Gang warfare, early 70's Japanese style
23 February 2017 | by Red-BarracudaSee all my reviews

You don't necessarily expect to find social undercurrents in a film entitled Stray Cat Rock: Sex Hunter but that is what you get here. In fact it turns out that this sensational and very cool title is pretty meaningless in the grand scheme of things, as there is little evidence of sex hunters to be found here. No, the story actually considers the serious topic of racism, more specifically the effects of the occupation in Japan by American soldiers after the Second World War. This led to an increase in mixed race Japanese and it is the persecution of this ethnic minority which much of the plot is built around. A racist male gang called the Eagles, who go around in American army jeeps, terrorise anybody of mixed-race heritage. They are led by a character called the Baron whose racism stems from the knowledge that his sister was raped by black American GIs during the occupation years. This gang of thugs is opposed by a girl gang called the Alley Cats who assist a mixed race man who is trying to find his missing sister while being consistently beaten down by the Eagles.

This is a film which comes under the banner of Japanese exploitation films known as Pinky Violence. These films were essentially crime films which combined elements of sex and violence with a focus on sexy leading actresses. The queen of the genre was the very alluring Meiko Kaji, who stars here as the leader of the Alley Cats. She has fantastic screen presence and is a master of the cold stare. In this one she achieves this while often sporting a fabulously enormous hat. Like in all of these films she starred in Kaji is a major reason they are so good. This one isn't too salacious to be honest, especially taking into account what you might think given its title, although it admittedly does feature the rather awful idea known as a rape party. But its appeal lies mainly in other directions such as its psychedelic musical interlude and its stylish presentation. It also has a bit of a downbeat ending which leaves us with more questions than answers, which only illustrates further that this is pretty left-of-centre stuff. If I had to criticise, it would be to say that there probably wasn't as much girl gang action as I would ideally have liked. But all-in-all, I thought this was pretty good value.


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Official Sites:

Nikkatsu.com (Japanese)

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

22 June 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Stray Cat Rock: Sex Hunter See more »

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Production Co:

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Fujicolor)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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