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Delinquent Boss: Ocho, the She Wolf

Furyô banchô: Inoshika Ochô

Toei Company, Japan, 1969
AKA: Furyô banchô: Inoshika Ochô, Wolves of the City, Wolves of the City: The Hussy and the Hooligans, Delinquent Boss & Inoshika Ocho
Director: Yukio Noda
Writer: Tarô Bonten, Isao Matsumoto, Hideaki Yamamoto
Cast: Tatsuo Umemiya, Shin’ichi Chiba, Shigeru Katsumi, Tetsurô Tanba, Seizaburô Kawazu, Fumio Watanabe, Junko Miyazono, Kôji Nanbara, Michitarô Mizushima, Tamaki Sawa, Bunta Sugawara

Delinquent Boss: Ochô the She Wolf is the second (of 17) films in the Delinquent Boss or Wolves of the City saga, wich is based on a manga. Kosaka Hiroshi, the leader of the biker gang is locked up in Kurihama Juvenile Detention Centre where he forms a brotherhood with four other delinquents. They plan to break out but a Yakuza member, of the Teishin Group, tell the guards and instead there is a huge fight.

Five years later Kosaka is out on the streets again with his biker buddies. They run a garage and a dance studio(!). The dance studio is really a front for their more shady business. What they do is they teach young women to dance and sends them to London and Paris to work as dancers, but in reality they sell them into prostitution. Anyway one by one the other members of the brotherhood turns up and join Kosaka in his business.

Business is good. Maybe to good and they get into a conflict with the Teishin Group. When the Teshin Group closes down Kosakas business he is desperate for cash and decides to get back at the Yakuza by teaming up with Ochô, a female wandering professional gambler, and try to blackmail the Teshin Group. Ochô’s speciality when fighting is making oponents blind by throwing playing cards in their eyes. Her character became very popular and she later turned up in several other films outside of the Delinquent Boss series.

One of the five brothers, Gogo, grew up without his father who left when he was just a child. When Gogo is captured by the Teishin group it turns out his father is now a high ranking member of the Yakuza. His father tries to save him but they die together in a rain of bullets. Kosaka realizes he and his friends are loosing, but decides to avenge Gogo so the remaining brothers, the biker gang and Ochô plans an armed attack on the Teishin Group to take them out once and for all.

The film is entertaining. Sometimes the characters act a bit silly, but I think that’s because the actors are (and look) much older then their characters are supposed to be. You sort of forget that they are supposed to be juvenile delinquents when they look somewhere around 30.

My verdict: 5 out of 10.

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