Meiko Kaji, Bunjaku Han, Tatsuya Fuji
Yasuharu Hasebe, Toshiya Fujita
Limited Edition Blu-ray (2000 copies only); High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation of all 5 films in the Stray Cat Rock series, available in the English speaking world for the first time;Original Mono audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-rays); New English subtitle translation of all five films;Interview with Yasuharu Hasebe director of Delinquent Girl Boss,Sex Hunter and Machine Animal;Interview with actor Tatsuya Fuji, star of all five films;Original Trailers for all five films; Collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the films by Japanese cinema expert Jasper Sharp
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Directed by genre veterans Yasuharu Hasebe and Toshiya Fujita, the Stray Cat Rock collection stars Meiko Kaji (Lady Snowblood, Blind Woman’s Curse), who with these five films began her reign as the badass action queen of the era. In these five tales of rebellious youth she stars alongside the gorgeous Bunjaku Han (Love Letter) and Tatsuya Fuji (In the Realm of the Senses).
In Delinquent Girl Boss, the girl gang go up against criminal organization the Seiyu Group, following a fixed boxing match blood is shed and friendships are tested.
In Wild Jumbo, Kaji and the gang get involved in a kidnapping and the robbery of a religious organization.
In Sex Hunter, Kaji’s girl gang go up against The Eagles, a group led by Fuji where sex and violence erupt over the treatment of ‘half-breeds’.
In Machine Animal, gang rivalry is once again the focus with two gangs pursuing some LSD pushers looking to move a big score.
In the final film of the series, Beat’71 sees Kaji framed and sent to prison by her boyfriend’s father and with the help of some hippies she strives to be re-united.
All five films feature a psychedelic mix of girl gangs, bikers, sex, drugs and rock and roll with plenty of ass-kicking to boot, all captured in a delirious mash up of pop aesthetics including split screens, freeze frames, injections of colour, frenetic editing and dizzying angles, making these films a riotous joy from beginning to end.
As is always true with the U.K.-based Arrow Video, the collection is assembled masterfully with a wealth of high quality extras and an interview with Hasebe is practically worth the price of the collection itself for genre fans. For more information on the collection, visit the Arrow Video website for all the details or to pick up your copy of this classic.
© Written by Richard Propes
The Independent Critic