Stray Cat Rock: Sex Hunter
Saturday, April 3, 2010
1970, 85 min., 35 mm, color, in Japanese with English subtitles. Directed by Yasuharu Hasebe. With Meiko Kaji, Rikiya Yasuoka, Tatsuya Fuji, Jiro Okazaki, Mie Hanabusa. Print courtesy of Vitagraph Films with permission from Nikkatsu Corp.
“Impeccably stylised and undeniably cool”
– Tom Mes, MIDNIGHT EYE
“A delinquent classic.”
– AMERICAN CINEMATHEQUE
“A take no prisoners affair and one of the best films to make full use of Meiko Kaji’s powerful female presence”
– Kimberly Lindbergs, CINEBEATS
If you haven’t seen this classic hallucinatory girl gang flick, with no actual sex hunting, but ample sex and hunting (and a politically radical racial subplot), you really haven’t lived. Directed by the late sexploitation master Yasuharu Hasebe, Stray Cat Rock: Sex Hunter stars cult film legend Meiko Kaji as Mako, a girl gang leader sporting the best hat in film history and wielding Molotov cocktails like a pro. Mako’s gang assists The Eagles, an all-male gang of typical young delinquents led by the cooler-than-thou Baron (Tatsuya Fuji), speeding around in army jeeps left by the American occupation, hanging out in über-hip clubs, swindling cash from businessmen to buy sexy pants, and generally indulging in testosterone-fuelled ruckus-raising. Life rocks, rolls and swings by nicely for the cheerful youths until one of the Eagles loses his girl to an African-American/Japanese man. Baron suddenly develops a serious fetish for racial purity and goes on a crusade against all the local “halfs,” mixed-race Japanese citizens. The trouble is: Mako has a soft spot for dark-skinned hunk Kazuma, a newly arrived Half who is searching for his long-lost sister. Sides will be chosen and rampage will be wrought in this full-on war of the sexes as Kaji’s Mako takes the opinion that sexual slavery and hunting mixed-race people are definitely not okay.
This film is unrated, but may only be viewed by persons 18 years of age or older.
Part of the Globus Film Series:
Mad, Bad.... & Dangerous to Know: Three Untamed Beauties
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