NYFF Velvet Bullets and Steel Kisses: Celebrating the Nikkatsu Centennial

Stray Cat Rock: Sex Hunter

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Stray Cat Rock: Sex Hunter
Noraneko Rock: Sex Hunter | Yasuharu Hasebe, 1970
Japan | Japanese with English subtitles | Format: 35mm | 86 minutes

The sauciest, fashion-savviest girl gang flick ever committed to celluloid! Iconic songstress Meiko Kaji stars as the Mako, commander of the Alleycats, out for justice against her gang-leader boyfriend Baron (Tatsuya Fuji). Baron’s racial rabblerousing drives her to take any means necessary to right wrong, including Molotov cocktails. Deftly juggling stylized aesthetics and exploitation thrills with the straightforward realities of questionable social attitudes, it’s a groovy visual feast that became a cult favorite and marks a transition point in Nikkatsu’s output between the 1960s and 70s.

Series: NYFF Velvet Bullets and Steel Kisses: Celebrating the Nikkatsu Centennial

Venue: New York Film Festival

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