STRAY CAT ROCK: BEAT ‘71

Toshiya Fujita, Japan, 1971, Arrow Films, Cult

“There's a lot of loaded imagery in that final battle where Eastern Culture is literally doing battle with Western Culture -- in a Wild West Town no less!”
-- Craig Duffy, LETTERBOXD

Starring Meiko Kaji (LADYSNOWBLOOD) and directed by genre veterans Yasuharu Hasebe (MASSACRE GUN, RETALIATION) and Toshiya Fujita (LADY SNOWBLOOD), the STRAY CAT ROCK series 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-art aesthetics including split screens, freeze frames, frenetic editing, and dizzying angles, making these films a riotous joy from beginning to end. In BEAT ’71, the swansong to the series, Meiko Kaji is framed and sent to prison by her boyfriend's father. With the help of some hippies, she battles to be reunited with her true love.

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Details

  • 86 mins
  • Color
  • 2.35:1

Formats

  • DCP

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