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Delinquent Girl Boss: Worthless to Confess

Delinquent Girl Boss: Worthless to Confess

Toei Company, Japan, 1971
AKA: Zubekô Banchô: Zange No Neuchi Mo Nai/Delinquent Girl Boss: Unworthy of Penance
Director: Kazuhiko Yamaguchi
Writer: Norio Miyashita, Kazuhiko Yamaguchi
Cast: Reiko Oshida, Junzaburô Ban, Nobuo Kaneko, Yumiko Katayama, Yukie Kagawa, Tsunehiko Watase, Ichirô Nakatani, Tonpei Hidari, Yôko Ichiji, Shizuko Kasagi, Masumi Tachibana, Mieko Tsudoi

I realize I left out part 3, Delinquent Girl Boss: Ballad of the Yokohama Hoods. It’s supposed to be in my collection but for some reason, I couldn’t find it. So here is part 4, and I will write about part 3 when I find it. When I watched Delinquent Girl Boss: Tokyo Drifters I first wasn’t sure whether it was supposed to be a sequel to the first film or if it was a remake. There were differences but there were also many themes that existed in both films even though they were partially reworked.

When watching DGB: Worthless to Confess, I realize Yamaguchi is using the same story over and over but toying with different variations. This time as always, the story begins with Rika being an inmate at Akagi Girls School for Juvenile Delinquents. There is a viewing of what is supposed to be an educational film but instead is a violent action movie with a very popular actor, and when the principal stops the film the girls are upset on the verge of rioting. Then comes the “bath scene” where the girls undress and goes into the pool. In DGB: Blossoming Night Dreams there is a big fight in the bath house where all the girls are involved, in DGB: Tokyo Drifters the girls riot when the physician acts like a creep and tries to force the pregnant girl to undress against her will. The fight in the bath is now all the girls against the female guard who is stripped on her keys and her clothes and thrown in the pool, as the girls stage the mass escape. In DGB: Worthless to Confess, there is only a small altercation between two of the girls. In all 3 films Rika is released one year later, but instead of getting jobs at a dry cleaner or a toy factory where her supervisors try to get into her pants, she goes straight to the nice honest person that takes her in. This time it’s no Madame (club owner or head of street vendor clan) but a Master. Rika moves in with Mr. Muraki, the father of Midori, her cellmate at Akagi, and she get a job in his car shop. Midori and her father are estranged, but Rika tries to make peace between them. Midori’s boyfriend is yakuza and he is one of the family trying to pressure her father for money.

Another of the girls from Akagi, Mari, has big problems. Her husband is yakuza and has been in jail for many years where he became very ill, and his former friends doesn’t help out so Mari must try to make money enough by posing for nude paintings. She is pregnant so she doesn’t know for how long she can go on. Instead of street vendor Bon, who was Rikas love interest and the son of Madame, we now have a truckdriver who is also the younger brother of Mari’s ill husband.

When Rika learns that the yakuza has blackmailed Mr. Muraki and taken 3000 yen from him she goes there and asks to have the money back. She says she will do anything they want if they return the money. They tell her to strip naked but before she loses her underwear Midori interferes. Just like in DGB: Blossoming Night Dreams the yakuza is willing to trade the girls for land. This time from Mr. Muraki.

Muraki goes there and reveals to the yakuza that he used to be one of them. In fact he once cut their leader across the face with a razor. When they learn who he is they get afraid and let him take the girls with him. Midori leaves her boyfriend and is moving back home. (This mirrors Bons homecoming to Madame in the second Rika-film.) Mari’s husband tells the boss of the yakuza that Mari is pregnant and that he wants out. He is asked to carry out one last job – to murder Mr. Muraki. He is getting paid 3000 yen for the job. The same 3000 that was taken from Muraki. He tries to stab Muraki with a knife, but even though he is very drunk, Muraki manages to take the knife from his hand. Yakuza then kills both of them.

Rika and the other girls vows to avenge Muraki and just as they did in DGB: Tokyo Drifters, they dress up in red matching trench coats and do “the march of death” to the yakuza headquarters for the final showdown.

If DGB: Tokyo Drifters was lighter, more of a comedy version of the Rika-saga, DGB: Worthless to Confess, is darker again. I’d say it’s the darkest of the three I’ve seen. This doesn’t mean it’s no fun at all. While the swordfight between the girls and the yakuza was chaotic in the first film it’s choreographed this time. One of the girls have a sudden nip slip in the middle of it all and one of the others shouts “Senmitsu, Your boobs!” and helps her put them back, Katanas still cutting everything close enough around them.

My verdict: 5 out of 10.

Delinquent Girl Boss: Tokyo Drifters

Delinquent Girl Boss: Tokyo Drifters

Toei Company, Japan, 1970
AKA: Zubekô banchô: Tôkyô nagaremono, Girl Vagrants of Tokyo
Director: Kazuhiko Yamaguchi
Writer: Kazuhiko Yamaguchi, Norio Miyashita
Cast: Reiko Oshida, Yukie Kagawa, Masumi Tachibana, Tsunehiko Watase, Mieko Tsudoi, Tamami Natsu, Tōru Yuri, Akira Hitomi, Akira Ôizumi, Hachiro Azuma, Sanji Kojima, Kichijirô Ueda, Toshiaki Minami, Chikako Miyagi, Tonpei Hidari, Kôji Nanbara

This is the second Delinquent Girl Boss film about Rika. Last time we saw her, she and her girlfriends were in the back of a prison transport on their way to Akagi Girls School for juvenile delinquents. One of the girls is pregnant and management won’t let her see her boyfriend to discuss the situation, so Rika and the other girls riot and stages a mass escape. They get caught but their pregnant friend manages to get away, and that was the purpose of it anyway.

One year later Rika is released and works at a toyfactory. Just like in Delinquent Girl Boss: Blossoming Night Dreams she looses her job for not sleeping with her boss. She goes looking for a new job and is robbed by a pick pocket. A handsome street vendor interferes and she gets her money back. Then she runs into a man who offers her a job. He brings her to see his boss, Madame.

Madame is the head of the Gasetora clan. Once a big organisation of streetvendors, but since her son left only herself and the man who brought Rika there remains. Just as in the previous film it turns out Madame has been an inmate at the same facility Rika comes from, and soon Rikas friends start working as street vendors for Madame to. All except one, Senmitsu, who is working in a brothel.

Autumn festival is coming up and for some reason the Yakuza want to run the Gasetora clan out of business and take over their stalls at the festival. They threaten all the suppliers so the Gasetoras have nothing to sell, but Rika and her friends gets merchendise from the toyfactory where she used to work in exchange for not telling on the supervisor who tried to get her in bed. When there is business as usuall the Yakuza trashes their boots and there is a big fight. The handsome street vendor from earlier shows up and turns out to be Madames lost son Bon.

Senmitsu’s boyfriend has asked her to marry him, but he is a Yakuza and his boss wants 1.000.000 yen to let him go. Senmitsu works overtime to get the money but the Yakuza isn’t satisfied. They want her boyfriend to do one last job for them – to murder Madame. He sees no way out, but is tricked by his former friends and is killed to. Rika, Senmitsu and the four other girls from Akagi dresses up in long red coats and red hats and goes to take revenge on the Yakuza.

The last part of the film is a big swordfight between the girls and the Yakuza. Bon has learned about his mothers murder and turns up to help the girls and to kill the head of the Yakuza.

Delinquent Girl Boss: Tokyo Drifters feels more like a remake of the first one than a sequel. Except for the riot and mass escape in the beginning and the showdown with the Yakuza towards the end, the story is thin and a bit slow. It’s not as dark as the first one, but the swordfight at the end is much more violent and bloody than the showdown in the previous film. It’s not bad but not as good as the first one.

My verdict: 4 out of 10.

Delinquent Girl Boss: Blossoming Night Dreams

Delinquent Girl Boss

Toei Company, Japan, 1970
AKA: Zubekô banchô: Yume wa yoru hiraku/Blossoming Night Dreams/Tokyo Bad Girls
Director: Kazuhiko Yamaguchi
Writer: Norio Miyashita, Kazuhiko Yamaguchi
Cast: Reiko Oshida, Masumi Tachibana, Yukie Kagawa, Keiko Fuji, Hayato Tani, Saburô Bôya, Bokuzen Hidari, Tonpei Hidari, Nobuo Kaneko, Toshiaki Minami, Junko Miyazono, Junko Natsu, Harumi Sone, Kayako Sono, Yasushi Suzuki, Tatsuo Umemiya

Juvenile delinquent Rika is released from prison and has decided to live an ordinary life within the law. She gets a job at a drycleaner, but things don’t work out so well. The owner is trying hard to get into bed with her and his wife hates her and accuses her of stealing. She leaves to look for some other job but runs in to a pack of girls that attack her. She beats them up and meets a guy who claims he can get her a job in the bar where he works. It turns out some of her girlfriends from jail is already working there and the owner too is a former juvenile delinquent and has done time in the same prison.

Mr. Ohba, a local Yakuza leader wants to take over the bar and has offered to buy it on several ocasions. Problem is he won’t take no for an answer, and he is prepared to do whatever nesesary to get it. One of Rikas friends who work at the bar has a little sister who is a drugaddict. She gets her drugs from the same female gang Rika beat up earlier, and to complicate things further they are selling for Mr. Ohba.

For a Pinku Violence this film is pretty tame both on violence and nudity compared to later films. There are however a lot of catfights and there is a veritable massacre at the end when the girls decides to stand up against the Yakuza and they go at each other with swords and knives.

My verdict: 5 out of 10.

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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.