Written by: Michael Den Boer on November 27th, 2005
Theatrical Release Dates: Japan, 1971, 1972, 1973
Directors: Norifumi Suzuki, Atsushi Mihori, Kazuhiko Yamaguchi
Writers: Takayuki Minigwa, Tatsuhiko Kamoi, Fumio Kunami, Hiro Matsuda, Norio Miyashita
Cast: Reiko Ike, Miki Sugimoto, Reiko Oshida, Seiko Saburi Misuzu Oota, Ryoji Hayama, Junzaburo Ba, Yoko Ichiji, Yuki Kagawa
DVD Released: December 6th, 2005
Approximate Running Time: 350 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital mono Japanese
DVD Release: Panik House
Region Coding: Region 1 NTSC
Retail Price: $99.95
Delinquent Girl Boss – Worthless to Confession: A group of girls at the Akagi girl prison cheer and jeer as they watch the film Abashiri Prison which stars Ken Takakura. The schools faculty quickly realizes that this is not the movie they were it was and they then ask the projectionist to it shut off. A riot breaks out after the film is turned off. Later while playing baseball one of the girls Rika (Reiko Oshida) is approached by a man who claims to be Midori’s father and he hands her something to give to his daughter who refuses to see him. Years later Rika returns to Shinjuku to look up Midori’s father and give him back the gift she was unable to give to his daughter years before. Rika has no family and is homeless so Midori’s father gives her job as a mechanic at his shop and a place to live. Things haven’t been going well for Midori’s father who has the yakuza breathing down his neck as they force him to pay off his daughters boyfriends’ debt. Rika shortly after her return to Shinjuku runs into several of her former fellow delinquents who have all fallen on hard times.
Delinquent Girl Boss – Worthless to Confession is fourth and final film in the Delinquent Girl Boss series and it was directed by who is most famous for directing the Sister Street fighter trilogy and the Masutatsu Oyama trilogy of films Karate Bullfighter, Karate BearFighter and Karate for Life. One common thread that all of the girls except Midori is that they are orphans who have nobody but themselves at least until they form their little gang. Midori is clearly the most damaged of the and even though she has a father who loves her she is constantly doing everything she can to push him farther away. There is very little violence and next to no nudity in this film with the main burst of violence erupting in the films climatic finale. The Rika character is delightful and actress Reiko Oshida handles in this film her characters more comedic side without a hitch. Overall Delinquent Girl Boss – Worthless to Confession plays more like a melodrama then a down and dirty exploitation film.
Girl Boss Guerilla: 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 the most fun out of the four films included in this set.
Terrifying Girls’ High School – Lynch Law Classroom: A group of girls disguised in surgical masks drain another student of her blood and the girl when she could no longer take it breaks free where she runs up on top of the roof of the school before ultimately falling too her death. The death is ruled an accident by the police. Three new girls with criminal pasts arrive shortly after this girl’s apparent suicide. One of these girls Noriko (Miki Sugimoto) personally new the dead girl and with the help of a few of the other girls in the school they help her uncover the truth about her friends death and exact her revenge on those who are responsible.
Terrifying Girls’ High School – Lynch Law Classroom is the second of four films in the Terrifying Girls’ High School series. Terrifying Girls’ High School – Lynch Law Classroom was directed by Norifumi Suzuki who also directed Girl Boss Guerilla which is also included as part of the Pinky Violence collection. This film is the most sadistic of the four included in this collection and many of the elements it uses one would normally associate with the horror genre and not Pinky Violence. My favorite moment in this film and hell it is my favorite moment in this whole set involves a certain Japanese fetish that involves school girls. A few of the girls form the reform school kidnap the principal and rape him. Of course they only did this so they could blackmail him. There are various forms of torture like light bulbs inside of a vagina, electrocution and forcing a girl to drink so much water that she has no choice but to piss herself. This film is dark and there are not any characters with redeeming value. Overall Terrifying Girls’ High School – Lynch Law Classroom is a truly extraordinary film and it is hands down the best of the four included in this collection.
Criminal Woman: Killing Melody: Maki (Reiko Oshida) is sent to prison after a failed assassination attempt on the Yakuza boss responsible for her fathers’ death. After severing her time she is welcomed outside of the prison by a few girls she had gained the respect of while in prison. Maki with the help of these three girls find out everything they need to know about the Oba Industries and put the final touches on their ultimate revenge.
Criminal Woman: Killing Melody was directed by Atsushi Mihori. There are some similarities in this films plot to Yojimbo as the lead character Maki plots two rival Yakuza clans against each other to help her in her quest for vengeance. Reiko Ike as Maki is one of her strongest roles of her career. Some of the films torture screens are graphic and brutal. There is plenty of nudity in this film. The Yakuza in this film are particular nasty as they smile and laugh as they torture Maki. The action scenes are first rate and the films moves along at a break neck pace. Overall Criminal Woman: Killing Melody is a solid Yakuza film that takes the revenge film to another level with its visceral depiction of violence.
All four films included in this set are expertly directed with the utmost style. The acting as a whole is pretty good with outstanding performances from Reiko Ike and Miki Sugimoto in several of the films. All four films feature groovy soundtracks that perfectly compliment each of the films unique styles. Overall these are four distinctively different films that have a loose connection too each other at best.
Panik House present all four films included in their Pinky Violence collection in anamorphic widescreen that preserves their original 2.35:1 aspect ratio. All four films flagged for progressive scan. The colors look nicely saturated and in many cases vivid. The black levels are solid and there is an exceptional amount of detail present in every frame. There are no problems with compression, artifacts or edge enhancement. Overall all four films are in excellent shape and are on par quality wise with Panik Houses Sex & Fury and Female Yakuza Tale: Inquisition and Torture.
All four films each come with only one audio option their original Japanese language which is present for this release in a Dolby Digital mono. Dialog is clean and sharp. 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. Overall considering these films age and the limitations of their mono audio mixes Panik House has done an exceptional job cleaning up the audio. All four films come with English subtitle that are easy to read and follow.
Extras wise each of the four releases come with their original theatrical trailer which is presented in its original aspect ratio. Other extras include poster and still galleries as well as production notes for each of the four films. The production notes are essentially a mini review of each film and contain a few spoilers. Each of the four films comes with brief bios for each of the films directors and all the main actresses. These bios only scrap the surface and they don’t even come with filmographies.
The main extra for each film is an audio commentary. Chris D. provides commentary for Delinquent Girl Boss – Worthless to Confession and Terrifying Girls’ High School – Lynch Law Classroom. Anyone who has ever read any of Chris’s liner notes or his book Outlaw Masters of Japanese Film knows that you’re in store for a fact filled journey. These audio commentaries are not without problems as Chris D. who talks in a very mono tone style sometimes describes the action on the screen and other times there are moments of silence. The next audio commentary for the film Girl Boss Guerilla includes two participants Asian cult film expert Wyatt Doyle and Panik House President Matt Kennedy. This is the liveliest of the four audio commentaries. The final audio commentary is with film critics Andy Klein and Wade Major for the film Criminal Woman: Killing Melody. Out of the four audio commentaries I found this one the most interesting and insightful. Overall all the participants on these four commentaries offer interesting critic’s four each of these films as well as plenty of background info about these films and the various cast & crew.
Rounding out the extras is CD of Reiko Ike’s music and a twenty four page booklet titled “Toei’s Bad Girl Cinema” which was written by Chris D. who covers a lot of ground in and retreads some things already discussed by him and others elsewhere on this set. Overall the booklet is a fascinating read and comes with many wonderful color photos.
For the Pinky Violence collection Panik House has put together a slick package. The DVD’s come housed in a plastic book like case. The middle of this DVD package contains twenty four pages of liner notes and Pinky Violence images. The CD is kept in a cardboard case that is connected to the rest of the packaging. They have also included a sticker that is a replica of the box sets cover art. The DVD’s are in see through trays. The case that houses the movies can stand up on its own so if you wanted to you could display it. Also include with this set is a sticker that looks like this sets cover art. This box set is limited edition and there are currently no plans to release these tittles separately.
A few minor complaints about this set are the random selection of titles from four different series. I would have rather that Panik House released an enter series of films instead four films that have no relation to each other besides being form the same genre of films. After being first exposed to Pinky Violence films via Panik Houses Sex & Fury and Female Yakuza Tale: Inquisition & Torture DVD’s my expectation quickly grew for their Pinky Violence collection and even though all four films perfectly capture the essence of Pinky Violence none of these films included in this set ever match the excellence achieved in Sex & Fury and Female Yakuza Tale: Inquisition & Torture. Fans of these types of films will be more then satisfied with this release while others not as familiar with these films may want to ease their way into the fray by renting some of these titles first.