Written by: Michael Den Boer on August 22nd, 2008
Theatrical Release Date: Japan, 1971
Director: Norifumi Suzuki
Writers: Takayuki Minagawa, Norifumi Suzuki
Cast: Reiko Ike, Miki Sugimoto, Yukie Kagawa, Shinsuke Taki, Hiroshi Miyauchi, Toru Abe, Shigeru Amachi
DVD released: August 8th, 2008
Approximate running time: 87 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono Japanese
DVD Release: Toei
Region Coding: Region 2 NTSC (Japan)
Retail Price: $40.46 (4500 yen)
Synopsis: Reiko is the leader of the girl gang Athens. They are a group of free spirit stray cats who don’t like answering to anyone. Reiko and her gang end up crossing the wrong people putting them in great danger. Reiko only further complicates things when she turns down the Akimoto Yakuza group’s offer to join their organization.
Girl Boss Blues – Queen Bee’s Counterattack is the first of film in a series of seven films. Director Norifumi Suzuki would direct the four “Girl Boss” films starting with Girl Boss Blues – Queen Bee’s Counterattack, Girl Boss Blues: Queen Bee’s Challenge, Girl Boss Guerilla and he would depart the series after its fourth entry Girl Boss Revenge: Sukeban. The star of five ”Girl Boss” films Reiko Ike would frequently star in several films directed by Norifumi Suzuki including her debut Hot Springs Mimizu Geisha.
Visually director Norifumi Suzuki fills the screen creates a solid first entry into the “Girl Boss” series that perfectly lays the foundation for the films that follow. Some of the films stand out moments include, Reiko being dragged behind a speeding boat as punishment and a scene where a former member of Athens who is now a pop star is blackmailed and raped. One scene that lingers long after is it is over is a disturbing scene where a young woman name Yuko who has just joined just joined Athens is takes her own virginity. The most memorable moment in the film occurs when Jiro’s dike biker friends have sex with Reiko and the Athens girls while riding their dirt bikes. This wouldn’t be a Pinky Violence film without a few cat fights or knifings. Most of the violence occurs during the last half of the film including a carnage filled ending which ends tragically.
Reiko Ike and Miki Sugimoto would frequently be cast together in many films. Girl Boss Blues: Queen Bee’s Counterattack is definitely Reiko Ike’s film since Miki Sugimoto is character is only a secondary role. Despite her limited role Miki Sugimoto has one of the films most titillating moments. Her character is caught stealing and when she is confronted in a office she then proceeds to strip all of her clothes off. This is another solid performance from Reiko Ike who looks amazing throughout. The film features an unusual score that incorporates a whistle in the main theme.
Ultimately Girl Boss Blues – Queen Bee’s Counterattack while not the strongest entry in the series still how just the right amount of T&A and violence to stratify the most die-hard Pinky Violence fans.
Toei presents Girl Boss Blues: Queen Bee’s Counterattack in an anamorphic widescreen that preserves the film’s original aspect ratio. Image wise the transfer is another first rate effort from Toei that is colorful, sharp and free of any print damage.
This release comes with one audio option a Dolby Digital mono mix in Japanese. The audio is clear and evenly balanced. There are no audio defects. Unfortunately like Toei’s other Pinky Violence releases there are no English subtitles.
Extras for this release consist of the film’s original theatrical trailer and a stills gallery with nine images. Overall Girl Boss Blues: Queen Bee’s Counterattack comes with a superb audio/video presentation and a few minor extras.