Girl Boss Guerilla

DVD released: October 31, 2006.
Approximate running time: 84 minutes
Aspect ratio: Anamorphic 2.35:1 Widescreen
Rating: NR
Dolby Digital Mono
DVD Release: Panik House
Region Coding: NTSC Region 1

Retail Price: $19.95

Reviewed by:
Ian Jane on October 6, 2006.

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The Film

Girl Boss Guerilla was directed by Norifumi Suzuki (of Convent Of The Sacred Beast) in 1972 and once again starring Reiko Ike and Miki Sugimoto in prominent roles. This is the third film in the Sukeban series and it was previously included in the Pinky Violence Collection set from Panik House that was released in 2005.

Miki is the tough and spunky leader of a gang of female bikers who ride around Tokyo on their choppers and tend to get into trouble a lot. When she falls head over heels in love with a troubled boxer played by Masataka Naruse (who also shows up in Sex & Fury), her life starts looking up.

That doesn't last for too long, however, as a Yakuza gang have set their sites on the female bikers, and they don't have nice things in mind for them. Miki knows that the only way that she and her gal pals will be able to stand up to the Yakuza is to make amends with her sworn enemy, played by - you guessed it - Reiko Ike. 

Once the girls have made peace, and the Yakuza are no longer a threat, the movie takes a strange turn into typical Suzuki anti-Catholic territory when the girls decide that they ought to try their hands at seducing some priests so that they can blackmail them. Once that's out of the way with, the girls get back on their bikes and the movie picks up the romance aspect as Miki sets out to find the boxer who stole her heart.

Just before the girls show up at the gym where he's training with his coach, the bad Yakuza guys shake the poor bastard around a bit. Being a boxer by trade, he's not going to take their crap lying down and he gets into a pretty serious brawl with the gangsters. Just as it looks like it's curtains for ol' Rocky, Miki and the girls burst onto the scene, hoping to save the day.

Miki almost gets her arm chopped off by a maniac mobster with a power tool fetish, but she makes it out more or less unscathed. Too bad her boy toy wasn't so lucky - he takes a knife to the gut and goes off to that big boxing ring in the sky.

With her true love buried, Miki and her minions decide it's time for cold hearted revenge, girl gang style. They mount up on their bikes and head on out after the men who killed her Romeo...

Plenty of topless biker girl action, some killer fight scenes, a great score and even a few cool scenes with vintage motorbikes make this one a complete blast. Fast paced with plenty of period kitsch (watch for the guy in the striped pants and the Easy Rider shirt) coupled with the plentiful amount of naked ladies make the movie a visual treat, and the story clicks along at such a great pace that it's not dull, even for a second.

Miki Sugimoto does an excellent job of carrying the film, showing audiences that she can be saucy, sexy and brainy all at the same time. Her character is as tough as any of the gangsters that she's up against and Suzuki wisely allows the focus of the film to remain on her this time out.

Video 4.5/5

This movie looks great. The colors are wonderfully bright and vibrant and at times they seem to literally pop off of the screen but thankfully the reds never bleed into the other hues and everything is very distinct looking.

The black levels stay strong and don’t break up or pixelate at all. Flesh tones look fantastic (which is good because there are a lot of them on display throughout these four films), and there’s an exceptionally high level of detail in both the foreground and the background of the image, even during scenes where there's a lot of smoke or heavy shadows. 

Audio 4/5
The film comes to DVD in its original Japanese language tracks with optional English subtitles in pretty solid Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono sound mixes. Dialogue is clean, clear, and easy to follow and the soundtrack comes through with a little more punch than you’ll probably expect them to.

Extras 3/5

First up is the trailer which is a pretty entertaining little promo spot. From there we move on to the galleries where we find two images in the Posters And Promotional Art section and fourteen black and white images in the Production Stills section. Biographies are included for director Norifumi Suzuki and stars Reiko Ike and Miki Sugimoto as well as Masataka Naruse. Production notes are also included.

Commentary chores for this disc are covered by Asian Cult Cinema columnist Wyatt Doyle and Panik House President Matt Kennedy. With two people on this track, this one is a little more lively than the others in this set and the two are able to go into a little more detail this time than what we're treated to on the other releases in the set. Again, they cover the history of the movie, give some biographical and trivial information on the performers and director, and provide some interesting critical insight into the movie.

The only extras that appear on this single disc release that are not in the boxed set release are an insert and a sticker, both of which reproduce the disc's cover art.

Overall 4/5

The best of the four films in last years The Pinky Violence collection gets an individual release of the finest quality. If you haven't picked up the boxed set and have any interest in Japanese exploitation, this makes a great place to start and Girl Boss Guerilla stands as a fantastic entry in Suzuki's catalogue.

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Film Rating DVD Rating
Director: Norifumi Suzuki

Writers: Takayuki Minigwa

Released: 1972

Cast: Reiko Ike, Miki Sugimoto


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