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

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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May 09

Captive Factory Girls 2: The Revolt (2007)

After Azusa witnesses a rape at her previous job, she takes a job at a steel factory in a desolate part of town. Her co-workers hate her and her only friend is a young girl, Naomi. A security guard sexually abuses Azusa and Naomi disappears under mysterious circumstances. While the mystery surrounding Naomi’s disappearance deepens, Azusa finds a clue and the stage is set for a climactic showdown at the factory.

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Apr 13

Secret Flower (1971) aka Hika

A woman who has just missed her suicide and a couple which has just left its political movement meet on a beach… A very rare ATG distributed Wakamatsu, starring Ken Yoshizawa and Rie Yokoyama as two pieces of a destructive love-triangle. Has all the usual Wakamatsu themes of politics, suicide and twisted love, as well as stylish Hideo Ito cinematography and great use of the more or less single set (a beach with an abandoned boat on it).

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