“I love the palpable enthusiasm behind the camera here; everything is just brimming with a punkish, anarchic and stylised energy.” -- Luke McCarthy, Letterboxd
"[Meiko Kaji]: a haunting beauty with a commanding screen presence, able to convey more with one squint of her eye than most actors could in an entire page of dialogue." -- Christopher Bickel, Dangerous Minds
Starring LADY SNOWBLOOD’s Meiko Kaji and directed by genre veterans Yasuharu Hasebe (MASSACRE GUN, RETALIATION) and Toshiya Fujita (LADY SNOWBLOOD), the STRAY CAT ROCK series -- all made between 1970-71, a golden age of Japanese exploitation film -- features a psychedelic mix of girl gangs, bikers, sex, drugs, rock ‘n roll and plenty of ass-kicking. It’s all captured in a delirious mash-up of pop aesthetics including split screens, freeze frames, injections of color, frenetic editing and dizzying angles, making these films a riotous joy from beginning to end.
In the first STRAY CAT ROCK film, a girl gang go up against criminal organization the Seiyu Group, where blood is shed and friendships are tested following a fixed boxing match.