Written by: Michael Den Boer on October 4th, 2006
Theatrical Release Dates: Japan, 1972
Director: Norifumi Suzuki
Cast: Reiko Ike, Miki Sugimoto, Toru Abe, Michitaro Mizushima, Ryoko Ema
DVD released: October 31st, 2006
Approximate running time: 84 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono Japanese
DVD Release: Panik House
Region Coding: Region 1 NTSC
Retail Price: $19.95
Synopsis: A Gang of girls on bikes are being followed by a group of guys’ riding bikes. The guys want to show the girls a good time and the girls want none of them. The girls quickly show that they mean business as they show off their tattoos and kick ass. Sachiko (Miki Sugimoto) is the leader of this girl gang from Shinjuku. The girls have just arrived in town and they quickly set up shop by pulling off various schemes. This doesn’t set well with the other girl gangs in town as they feel Sachiko’s gang has infringed on their territory. Rikka the leader of all the girls gangs in Kyoto challenges Sachiko to a fight and the winner gains control over all the girl gangs in Kyoto. Sachiko soundly beats Rikka and with the help of Nami (Reiko Oshida) the groups’ former leader who has just returned to town the girls start to make deals without the yakuza’s approval. The yakuza soon find out and demand their cut which leads to a struggle for power in which both sides refuse to give an inch.
Girl Boss Guerilla was directed by Norifumi Suzuki who also directed the first film in this series. The relationship between Nami and her Yakuza brother is often rocky and never pretty. It is ironic how the Yakuza see themselves like a family of sorts and how he turns on his own family his sister Nami in order to gain approval from his fellow Yakuza. To his credit he does show some remorse and does redeem himself before all is said and done.
Norifumi Suzuki often fills his film with comedy that is very dark in tone. In this film there a scene that takes place in a doctor’s office in which an inept doctor instead of looking at the girls’ broken leg tries to look between her legs. There is an ample amount of nudity and the violence is taken up a notch in this film. Overall Girl Boss Guerilla is one of the best films to ever come out of the Pinky Violence genre.
Girl Boss Guerilla is presented in an anamorphic widescreen that preserves the films original 2.35:1 aspect ratio. Colors are vivid and nicely saturated through out. Black levels look exceptional and details look razor sharp in the back and fore ground. There are no problems with compression, artifacts or edge enhancement. Overall this transfer looks nearly flawless as the image remains stable throughout.
This release comes with one audio option a Japanese language which is present for this release in a Dolby Digital mono. Dialog is clean and clear. The music and sound effects are evenly mixed and they never overpower each other or the rest of the mix. There are no problems with hiss, distortion or any other audio defects. Removable English subtitles have been included that are easy to follow and understand.
Extras for this release include the films original trailer, poster & still galleries, cats & crew bios and production notes about the film. The main extra for this release is an audio commentary with Asian cult film expert Wyatt Doyle and Panik House President Matt Kennedy. Both participants have plenty to say about the cast, the movie and the Pinky violence genre. Girl Boss Guerilla had been previously released as part of Panik Houses Pinky Violence collection. This new release comes with new cover art and a collectible sticker and a post card of the DVD’s cover art. Overall This new release of Girl Boss Guerilla gives fans that missed out on the Pinky Violence collection chance to purchase this title at a new more affordable price, highly recommended.