“Beach Blanket Pinku!”
-- Matt Lynch, 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. Released just mere months after the success of STRAY CAT ROCK: DELINQUENT GIRL BOSS, WILD JUMBO is the second entry in the series — and it’s just as exhilarating as the first. A group of five friends known as the “Pelican Gang” spend time hanging out, driving around in their all-terrain buggy and listening to psychedelic jazz fusion. They’re suddenly approached by a mysterious horse-riding girl, who suggests they rob 30 million yen from a religious movement called Seikyo Gakkei.