|Stray Cat Rock: Sex Hunter © 1970 Nikkatsu Corporation|
When: Saturday, February 11, 7:00 PM
Japan Society NY's five film Meiko Kaji mini-retrospective, which begins tonight with New Battles Without Honor and Humanity: The Boss's Head, will continue with separate screenings of two films on Saturday, the second of which will be Stray Cat Rock: Sex Hunter, which will be shown at 7:00 PM. (Lady Snowblood: Love Song of Vengeance will be shown earlier, at 4:30 in the afternoon.)
Meiko Kaji headlined her first ongoing series with this group of five girl-gang biker films, made during Nikkatsu Studio's heyday of "New Action" films, which amped up the sex and violence while addressing contemporary social issues from a distinctly left-wing point of view. Sex Hunter is the third (and best) entry in the series, and stars Kaji as the leader of the Alleycats and girlfriend to the morose, possibly impotent Baron (Tatsuya Fuji), who leads a biker gang of his own in attacks on mixed-race kids around the US military base in Yokosuka. Co-starring burly, half-Italian actor Rikiya Yasuoka (Tampopo) as tough outsider Azuma, his not-quite-consummated romance with Kaji burns up the screen as their increasingly violent brawls with Baron's gang, as well as the local yakuza, pile up the casualties on both sides.
This film is unrated, but may only be viewed by persons 18 years of age or older.
Part of Cruel Beauty: A Romantic Weekend with Meiko Kaji
Tickets: $13/$10 seniors & students/$9 Japan Society members
All Access Pass: (1 ticket for each film in the series, 5 tickets total) Save $3 per ticket. $50/$35 seniors & students/$30 Japan Society members
Double Feature Pass: (2 different films in the same transaction) Save $2 per ticket. $22/$16 seniors & students/$14 Japan Society members