What better way to shake off your turkey hangover with brand new digital restoration of the Japanese exploitation girl gang classic STRAY CAT ROCK: SEX HUNTER!
Produced by Japan’s oldest film studio: Nikkatsu studios, the Stray Cat Rock series is a pop-art explosion, with plenty of inspired visuals, bonkers fight scenes, groovy tunes, and psychedelic wonderment. The third – and best – in a series of five Stray Cat Rock films, all released in rapid succession between 1970-71, SEX HUNTER is a complex portrayal of youth counterculture, racism and the criminal underworld in post-war Japan. The film can really be seen as the turning point in Nikkatsu’s history – veering away from the idealistic 1960s into the grimy, political and nihilistic 1970s.
SEX HUNTER stars iconic badass Meiko Kaji (Lady Snowblood, Female Prisoner #701: Scorpion) as Mako, the leader of the delinquent girl gang The Alleycats, who in between nights of partying and committing petty theft, must stop her vicious gang-leader ex-lover Baron (Tatsuya Fuji) from starting a race-war in their city. Rounding out the cast is Italian-Japanese actor Rikiya Yasuoka (Tampopo) as Mako’s new love interest, and Baron’s chief rival, Kazuma. Featuring a killer psychedelic funk/jazz soundtrack by Hajime Kaburagi and frequent musical performances by popular girl group Golden Half (named so because of their mixed-race backgrounds – seriously!) the film is a delirious pop-art explosion. Directed by exploitation veteran Yasuharu Hasebe (Female Prisoner Scorpion: #701’s Grudge Song) SEX HUNTER features a psychedelic mix of girl gangs, bikers, sex, drugs and rock and roll with plenty of ass-kicking to boot, all captured in a delirious mash up of pop aesthetics including split screens, freeze frames, bold colours, frenetic editing and dizzying handheld cinematography.
Thanks to our wonderful beverage sponsor Muskoka Brewery.
Special thanks to The Japan Foundation – Toronto for their promotional assistance.
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