Jun 19

Black Angel Vol.1 (1998) aka Kuro no tenshi Vol.1

Ikko, the six year old daughter of a yakuza gang boss witnesses the brutal slaying of her parents and is only saved from sharing their fate by an underground hitwoman who goes by the nom-de-guerre of “Black Angel.” Years after escaping to America, Ikko returns to Tokyo as a young woman. She adopts the name “Black Angel” and is out for revenge.

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Jun 16

Retreat Through the Wet Wasteland (1973) aka Nureta koya o hashire

A group of burglars in black tights breaks into a church to commit robbery and commits outrages upon the pastor’s young daughter. After some time, Detective Harada and his squad rush/came back to the church they robbed earlier. In the duty station, the police chief informs Harada that his ex-colleague, Nakamura, has escaped from a mental hospital where he had been hospitalized for insanity. Harada and his partner, Kato, are assigned to pursue Nakamura on the run. If Nakamura’s insanity turns out to be false, the cop buddies must terminate him and masquerade it as self-defense.

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Jun 05

Female Prisoner Scorpion : #701’s Grudge Song (1973) aka Joshû sasori: 701-gô urami-bushi

After narrowly escaping brutal Detective Kodama Sasori hides out in a seedy strip joint in the back streets of Tokyo.There she encounters Kudo who was humiliated and tortured by Kodama and his cronies years ago.The two strike a bond and soon set out to exact Kudo’s long dreamt-about justice against detective Kodama

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Jun 02

Female Prisoner Scorpion: Beast Stable (1973) aka Joshuu sasori: Kemono-beya

Sasori is outside the prison and on the run from the police, wanted for breaking out of prison and murder. She takes refuge with a woman who has a brother with a learning disability. The woman and her brother are also involved in an incestuous relationship. Both the police and an ex-prison mate of Sasori’s pursue her.

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May 29

Ranking Boss Rock (1973) aka Bankaku Rokku

There is an ongoing war between two Girl Gangs, the Akabane 100 Club and the Ikebukuro Cavalry. Yukiko, the “Bankaku,” or chief bodyguard of the Akabane, is released from reform school and sets about to finish an ongoing one-on-one grudge match with Taka the Wild and the whole Cavalry gang. With a theme song by 1970s Japanese “Group Sounds” band Carol, and live performance. Rock and Sukeban unite for an extraordinary and cool piece of filmmaking.

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May 13

Women in Heat Behind Bars (1987) aka Ori no naka no hoshigaru onnatachi

The lovely Shinobu Himeno is arrested and thrown into Asahi Female Prison for being an unwilling accomplice in a jewelry store robbery. She’s to serve her sentence in the infamous Cell Block 21, a dismal area full of tough, sex-starved women. Himeno is bullied and abused by inmates and guards and, after being framed for starting a fight, is taken away and tied up by the prison’s infamous Mr. Kiya. Through flashbacks, we discover why many of the women have been locked up here and soon, in one great act of defiance, they rise up to overtake the prison in a bloody, violent riot! Can the shy Himeno ever escape this living hell?

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May 13

Terrifying Girls High School Animal Courage (1973) aka Kyôfu joshi kôkô: Animal dôkyôsei

We find Reiko Ike once again cast as a tough schoolgirl who eventually has to band together with her enemies to upset the reign of their private Catholic high school administration where institutionalized sexual abuse is endemic. Tables are turned finally on the principal, various sanctimonious teachers as well as a visiting American principal, who drives a vulnerable virgin to suicide when he deflowers her! Ike teams up with a guy on his own quest for revenge and the climax sees the prinicpal and other adult evildoers publicly humiliated and exposed before the entire student body.

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