Tokyo Grindhouse Volume One: Pinky Violence Bad Girl Cinema by Jack HunterTokyo Grindhouse Volume One: Pinky Violence Bad Girl Cinema by Jack Hunter

Tokyo Grindhouse Volume One: Pinky Violence Bad Girl Cinema

byJack Hunter

Paperback | July 31, 2012

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Between 1970 and 1974, numerous Japanese film companies - in particular Nikkatsu and Toei - produced dozens of films in a new sub-genre which combined action, sex, violence and crime, and was dominated by ruthless and deadly delinquent females. This sub-genre, which Toei would eventually dominate and define, is now known as pinky violence.With such series as Girl Boss, Girls' High School Terror, and Female Prisoner: Scorpion, as well as individual films like Ranking Boss Rock and Criminal Women: Killing Melody, Toei created a cinematic world filled with nudity, sex, cat-fights, torture, rape and revenge, and peopled by very, very bad girls - renegade cops, girl gang leaders, rebel highschool girls, female convicts - who stripped off their clothes as readily as they pulled out a gun or a knife. TOKYO GRINDHOUSE Volume One is the first English-language book publication devoted to this brief but highly influential 70s movie craze for sexy bad girl action, whose themes have more recently been echoed and revived in films such as Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill and Death Proof. The book contains an extensive introductory history by Jack Hunter, as well as illustrated sections on all the main pinky violence series and one-offs. It is printed in full-colour throughout, with over 140 rare images of film posters and publicity shots, plus nude glamour galleries of leading pinky violence stars Reiko Ike and Miki Sugimoto.
Title:Tokyo Grindhouse Volume One: Pinky Violence Bad Girl CinemaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:84 pages, 10 × 7 × 0.25 inPublished:July 31, 2012Publisher:Glitter BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1902588193

ISBN - 13:9781902588193

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DELINQUENT WOMENThe roots of women and violence in Japanese exploitation cinema can be found in the films produced by the Shintoho corporation in the 1950s. After experiencing initial financial difficulty, Shintoho (founded in 1947 as a breakaway from Toho) discovered that female nudity was a sure way to sell films. This was a direction established by Mitsugu Okura, who joined as head of production in 1955 and brought a roadshow/exploitation mentality to the company. After testing the market with films about topless female pearl divers - such as Revenge Of The Pearl Queen (Onna shinju-ô no fukushû, 1956) and Girl Diver Trembles In Fear (Ama no senritsu, 1957) - Shintoho progressed to sadistic films where semi-naked girls were the victims of violence, such as The Military Policeman And The Dismembered Beauty (Kenpei to barabara shibijin, 1957), Teruo Ishii's Nude Actress Murder Case: Five Criminals (Nikutai joyu koroshi: Go-nin no hanzaisha (1957), or Blood Sword Of The 99th Virgin (Kyuju-kyuhonme no kimusume, 1959). But perhaps the most significant development was the introduction of films featuring racy, delinquent or violent females, such as Nobuo Nakagawa's Oden Takahashi The Poisoner (Dokufu Takahashi Oden, 1958), the case study of a notorious female murderer. This direction led to the female yakuza series Queen Bee (Joôbachi), starring Naoko Kubo and Yôko Mihara. Films in this series were Joôbachi (Tetsu Taguchi, 1958); Joôbachi no ikari (Teruo Ishii, 1958); Joôbachi to Daigaku no Ryû (Teruo Ishii, 1960); and Joôbachi no gyakushû (Kôzô Uchida, 1961). These stories incorporated key elements of female criminality, prostitution, girl gangs, and girls in prison, laying the groundwork for "bad girl” cinema to develop over the ensuing decade. During this early period, Toei corporation contributed two Bad Angel (Zubeko tenshi) films, starring Mitsue Komiya, to the emerging female yakuza genre. Shintoho went bankrupt in 1961 (mainly due to distribution problems), with directors like Ishii moving to Toei and other Japanese cine-corporations. .....