Review: Wandering Ginza Butterfly (1972)

After watching too much Italian movies from the era, it’s nice to see a bit of Japanese girl power!

“WANDERING GINZA BUTTERFLY” (Gincho Wataridori)
1972
Action/Crime
Japan

Director: Kazuhiko Yamaguchi
Stars: Meiko Kaji, Tsunehiko Watase, Akiko Koyama
Distributor: Synapse
Runtime: 86 mins
DVD REGION 1

“Don’t underestimate me just because I’m a girl.”

After a couple of years of inprisonment, Nami starts working in the shady part of town. She tries to live rightfully, but when a Yakuzi-member muscles his way into the business where Nami works, the only way is to fight fire with fire.

Not as powerful as Meiko Kaji’s Lady Snowblood and Prisoner #701-movies. The movie is a light wisecracking crime-story with a cool showdown at the end. The soundtrack is awesome, and mostly sung by the actress herself. I’ll be looking for her soundtrack some day soon. Some very fine scenes, and the big showdown is worth the whole movie (only wish it was much more)!