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Stray Cat Rock: Delinquent Girl Boss

Yasuharu Hasebe, Japan 1970, 80 Min. Min., OV with English subs
Followed by a talk with

Set in a psychedelic 1970s Japan, Ako, a rebel biker girl played by pop singer Akiko Wada, befriends the local all-girl gang boss, Mei (Meiko Kaji). When a war between local gangs erupts, Ako partners with Mei’s gang, the Stray Cats, to form a killer clique that combats rival gangs on the streets, in the boxing ring, and in clubs, where real life rock bands such as The Mops and The Ox perform live. With its girl-gang related street fights and motorcycle chases Stray Cat Rock: Delinquent Girl Boss depicts pink film’s sukeban (delinquent girl) trope. 70s youth acid culture oozes through the screen with kaleidoscopic cinematography, fashion and music. The choice of actors reflects Japan’s twentieth century waves of immigration: the boxer Kelly is played by the African-American-Japanese actor Ken Sanders, andAko by Akiko Wada, a descendant of Korean immigrants living in Japan.