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 17

Bad Girl Mako (1971) aka Furyô shôjô Mako

Patronized by a gang ruling the city, Mako delinquently plays around a night club every night with her bad company. One night, a guy Hideo gets closer to her for one-night stand, and they consequently fall in love. However, Hideo is killed by the gang. Mako swears vengeance on his beloved’s murderer.

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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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May 31

Onimasa (1982) aka Kiryûin Hanako no shôgai

Matsue is the adoptive daughter of the Kiryuin House, a small yakuza clan in Shikoku. Onimasa, their leader, is the last heir to a family of samurai. He is hard in business but respected by the poor because of his fairness. Matsue lives in the middle of this society, between gang wars and rivalries among the chief’s mistresses. But when Onimasa takes a chivalrous attitude and finds himself on the side of train workers on strike, it annoys the Great Godfather of the island. The story starts in 1918, ends with the nearing of the Second World War.

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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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Mar 28

Terrifing Girls’ High School: Women’s Violent Classroom (1972) aka Kyôfu joshikôkô: Onna bôryoku kyôshitsu

Delinquent girl boss meets and conflicts with an orphan girl who lives an isolated life after the dramatic deaths of her parents. She plays the piano, but stands up against her lecherous guardian, who is also a school official.

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Mar 22

Yakuza Wives 7: Love is Hell (1994) aka Shin gokudo no onna-tachi: horetara jigoku

A wife of a small Osaka family risks her life to protect her husband’s family and its members against much larger, more established organizations. The odds are stacked against her and her family. She even follows the yakuza way to the lette but the other organizations tries to use that against her.

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