Joe Netflix'd Girl Boss Guerilla based on the title. It's a Japanese film called Skeban gerira from 1972 that was released as part of a 2005 DVD collection here. The Pinky Violence Collection puts four of the nudity packed exploitation films in one set. NetFlix only sends one at a time. That's probably good. The girls are mostly pretty, and certainly topless, and they play a bunch of stupid biker chicks who consistantly make the wrong decisions. In the third of a series of 7 Girl Boss films the Red Helmet Gang come to Kyoto from Shinjuku. I did enjoy looking at the streets of Kyoto in the early 70's. The Red Helmets encounter some guy bikers right away and lead them to the side of the road. Sachiko flashes a tattoo'd boobie to distract the guys and it's on. They beat down the boys down in a poorly choreographed fight. The cast and crew might not be so good at giving us a good fight but they know their customers. They start off right away and then keep the boobies flowing. The girls are short of cash, they don't have any jobs of course, so they start stealing. That brings them to the attention of the local girl gang. There's a fight and Sachiko, the leader of the Red Helmet's, is now the leader of the Kyoto girl gang. It wasn't a very good fight either. The local Yakusa, a rather sad lot, turn up and demand their cut. There's plenty of strife from the criminal life, and like we learn on The Sopranos, it often isn't any better in their personal life. There's some conflict with one of the Kyoto girls and her Yakusa brother. There's a boxer who stops the Yakusa from beating Sachiko and they fall for each other. He's a stupid guy too but he can fight pretty good. The Yakusa kill him in one of the rare death scenes. Even when the Yakusa are blown up in what turned out to be one of the few interesting bits of the movie it all happens behind a hill and we just see a plume of smoke. It's a cheap movie. The actors are all over the place, like some of the jokes, though I might be missing something because it's Japanese. Four guys peeing in a river while complaining about having the clap isn't much different in any language. There's a lot of slapstick, and slapping, in this movie. Along with the titties. There's some beatings and topless torture later on. Girls tied up in chains. Not my cup of tea but somebody liked it. The guy at 10,000 Bullets had this to say. "Overall Girl Boss Guerilla is one of the best films to ever come out of the Pinky Violence genre." Pretty strong statement. I couldnt' say anything like that myself, but it's the kind of movie that inspires a loyal following amongst it's fans. I don't know that I would encourage Joe to get some more. The movie gets a 6.8 on the IMDb. I wouldn't rate it more than a 4 but mostly because it just isn't that well made. Like the score there are parts of the movie that work and other parts that are pretty sloppy. There are certainly better exploitation films out there. The movie is a lot like the Crown International movies from the DVD Drive-In movie packs. They were cut from the same exploitative cloth. It's bright colors hide the flaws.
Same thing for Dirty Mary Crazy Larry. It was a 1974 exploitation film. The first from Academy Pictures. It was a new company founded by James Nicholson who has left American International Pictures and Sam Arkoff. The Wikipedia has a good bit of info on the making of the film. Peter Fonda and Adam Rourke are a failed race car driver and his ex-drunken mechanic. They are down on their luck and have no money. They have a plan to rob a store of it's payroll cash. Roddy MacDowell plays the store manager who's wife is held hostage by Adam while Peter saunters in to pick up the cash. $150,000. Their plan gets hijacked with the arrival of Susan George. She was Peter's pick up the night before and now he's stuck with her. They head out for somewhere. They got a plan. And a two way radio to listen to the cops. They are going to switch cars and in one bit of stupidity they hid the car in a festival or some weird gathering. They consistantly make stupid mistakes like that. Plan not thought out. The characters don't give you anything much to like about them. Vic Morrow plays the rule breaking police guy after them. I kind of liked him and I always like Kenneth Toby who plays his boss. They like to yell at each other. They got a big man love goin' on. Vic takes charge and directs the squad cars after the trio of idiots with a plan. Vic starts off in the police station, then he's in a car and then he gets a helicopter to chase them with. What a guy, and what a good helicopter pilot, who also acted in the movie. Peter drives crazy and manages to escape the police cars. Many of the police cars are wrecked, some in pretty good crashes and some in pretty poor crashes. Vic almost has them with the helicopter but it runs out of gas near the end of the movie. No matter. The kids are caught by misadventure in an ending that the box calls jaw dropping. The only thing that dropped was my rating of the movie. Movies that kill off their characters in such a contrived way don't get rewatched in my house. There are many better exploitation movies, though this one seems to have it's fans. Since this was a loaner, I now know that I don't need to pick this up.