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Wandering Ginza Butterfly 2: She-Cat Gambler (1972)

Gincho nagaremono mesuneko bakuchi (original title)
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 »


Kazuhiko Yamaguchi


Isao Matsumoto (screenplay), Kazuhiko Yamaguchi (screenplay)

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


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

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25 October 1972 (Japan) See more »

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Wandering Ginza Butterfly 2: She-Cat Gambler See more »

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2.35 : 1
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Fair...but rather slow in getting to the point.
2 December 2012 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Ooops. I rented "Wandering Ginza: She-Cat Gambler" BEFORE I saw the first film in this series, "Wandering Ginza Butterfly"! Somehow I thought I'd already seen the first film but hadn't. So, I cannot compare this second film with the first. And, after I eventually get the first film, I'll try to return to this review to update it.

Now that I've seen 'Wandering Ginza: She-Cat Gambler" I can understand why I thought I'd seen the first film, as the movie is very similar to many Japanese female revenge movies--such as "Lady Snowblood" (which also starred Meiko Kaji). However, I must say that "Lady Snowblood" was much more interesting--mostly because they had a lot more action and the story behind the revenge was more compelling. But here in this movie, the audience must wait a very, very long time for the final big boss battle. Plus, other revenge movies are just more interesting. Now I am NOT saying "Wandering Ginza: She-Cat Gambler" is bad--it's just that there are better examples out there. The film just seemed pretty ordinary. The only unusual aspect of it was Sonny Chiba. While you'd expect to see him use his very considerable martial arts skills, in the end, he uses a gun and a katana (a Japanese long sword)! Again, this isn't bad--just unusual. My advice is that if you love the genre, by all means watch this one. Otherwise, you could do better with this other film or either of the "Kill: Bill" movies.

UPDATE (12/5/12): I saw the first film in the series today and found, surprisingly, that it seemed to have almost nothing to do with its supposed sequel. And, the sequel was actually a bit better, as the first film was quite slow and seemed a bit directionless.

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