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  • Actors: Meiko Kaji, Bunjaku Han, Tatsuya Fuji
  • Directors: Yasuharu Hasebe, Toshiya Fujita
  • Format: Dolby, PAL
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Arrow Video
  • DVD Release Date: 3 Nov. 2014
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 49,905 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The Stray Cat Rock series stars Meiko Kaji (Lady Snowblood, Blind Woman s Curse) who with these five films began her reign as the badass action queen of the era. In these five tales of rebellious youth she stars alongside the gorgeous Bunjaku Han (Love Letter) and Tatsuya Fuji (In the Realm of the Senses).

In Delinquent Girl Boss, the girl gang go up against criminal organisation the Seiyu Group, following a fixed boxing match blood is shed and friendships are tested. In Wild Jumbo, Kaji and the gang get involved in a kidnapping and the robbery of a religious organisation. InSex Hunter Kaji s girl gang go up against The Eagles, a group led by Fuji where sex and violence erupt over the treatment of half-breeds . In Machine Animal gang rivalry is once again the focus with two gangs pursuing some LSD pushers looking to move a big score. The series swansong, Beat 71, sees Kaji framed and sent to prison by her boyfriend s father and with the help of some hippies she strives to be re-united.

Directed by genre veterans Yasuharu Hasebe (Female Prisoner Scorpion: #701 s Grudge Song) and Toshiya Fujita (Lady Snowblood) the films feature a psychedelic mix of girl gangs, bikers, sex, drugs and rock and roll with plenty of ass-kicking to boot, all captured in a delirious mash up of pop aesthetics including split screens, freeze frames, injections of colour, frenetic editing and dizzying angles, making these films a riotous joy from beginning to end.

Special Edition Contents:

  • Limited Edition Blu-ray (2000 copies only)
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation of all 5 films in the Stray Cat Rock series, available in the English speaking world for the first time
  • Original Mono audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-rays)
  • New English subtitle translation of all five films
  • Interview with Yasuharu Hasebe director of Delinquent Girl Boss,Sex Hunter and Machine Animal
  • Interview with actor Tatsuya Fuji, star of all five films
  • Original Trailers for all five films
  • Collector s booklet featuring new writing on the films by Japanese cinema expert Jasper Sharp
  • Review

    The five part Stray Cat Rock series set the trend for delinquent girl action films. Other studios, especially Toei with their sexed up pinky violence films, would soon follow Nikkatsus example. --The Deuce

    >The sauciest, fashion-savviest girl gang flick ever committed to celluloid! --NYff

    Impeccably stylised and undeniably cool --Tom Mes (midnighteye)

    >The sauciest, fashion-savviest girl gang flick ever committed to celluloid! --NYff

    Impeccably stylised and undeniably cool --Tom Mes (midnighteye)

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6 of 15 people found the following review helpful By blah^^ on 16 Nov. 2014
Format: Blu-ray
Stray Cat Rock: The Collection Blu-ray
United Kingdom
DigiPack / Limited Edition of 2000 / Blu-ray + DVD Arrow | 1970-1971 | 5 Movies | Rated BBFC: 18 | Oct 27, 2014

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: see individual releases

Japanese: LPCM Mono (48kHz, 24-bit)


50GB Blu-ray Disc
Five-disc set (2 BDs, 3 DVDs)

Region B (A, C untested)

Special Features

- Wild Jumbo Trailer (3 min, 1080p)
- Sex Hunter Trailer (3 min, 1080p)
- Machine Animal Trailer (3 min, 1080p)
- Beat '71 Trailer (3 min, 1080p)
- Yasuharu Hasebe Interview (29 min)
- Tatsuya Fuji Interview (30 min)
- Yoshio Harada Interview (33 min)

27-Page Booklet
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Antony on 29 Jan. 2015
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Nice to finally have all 5 stray cat rock films in one collection. All films are uncut and very good clean transfers. The extras are somewhat disappointing however. Couldn't they get one interview with Meiko Kaji? Even a vintage one?
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Achim Vogtner on 9 Jan. 2015
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0 of 9 people found the following review helpful By sundeep johal on 15 Jan. 2015
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Did come on time but biggest disappointment was that the booklet was missing from the collection box.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
70s Japanese flicks offer low-budget action 13 July 2015
By The Movie Man - Published on
Format: Blu-ray
“Stray Cat Rock: The Collection” contains five Japanese biker films. The first, “Stray Cat Rock: Delinquent Girl Boss,” was originally a response by Nikkatsu Studios to rival Toei Studio’s “Delinquent Boss” series. Because of its popularity, four additional films in the series were made. “Delinquent Girl Boss” takes place in Tokyo where rival youth gangs are always trying to outdo each other in toughness. An all-girl gang led by Mei gets involved with dangerous types when her boyfriend Michio wants to join a powerful yakuza organization but inadvertently loses the gangsters’ money in a fixed boxing match. Mei and gang jump to the rescue as they take on the gangsters. The plot covers only two days and involves endless fights, chase scenes, and tough talk. It contains an underlying feminist theme along with pretty dark subject matter.

The other films in the series are basically stand-alone efforts. The second film, “Wild Jumbo,” is very different in tone with lots of humor and zany goings-on. Some of its scenes are reminiscent of classic silent comedy. The third installment, “Sex Hunter,” is best known here in America because it’s been available on DVD. It contains bizarre costume design, violence, and sex. Its soundtrack contains jazz-infused rock and group sounds, particularly Golden Haif, a mixed-race girl group popular in Japan at the time. The other films in the collection are “Machine Animal” and “Beat ’71.” Because the films have a short running time, they end well before their welcome is worn out and are entertaining for their over-the-top action. Performances are far from Academy Award-caliber, but that’s part of the fun. The movies, made in 1970 and 1971, have a washed-out look that resembles Hollywood exploitation pictures of the era. All films are in Japanese, with English subtitles.

Special features on the five-disc Blu-ray set include new English subtitles for all five films; interview with Yasuharu Hasebe, director of “Delinquent Girl Boss,” “Sex Hunter,” and “Machine Animal;” interview with Tatsuya Fuji, star of all five films; original trailers, and collector’s booklet.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Arrow USA's best value to date, Stray Cat Rock packs a lot of punch for a reasonable price. 15 July 2015
By Ruined - Published on
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Since it's inception Arrow USA had quite a few interesting releases, but none of them were a total package homerun for the price in my book.

Stray Cat Rock, however, delivers the goods. 5 films are included, all of the Japanese biker gang variety; I paid $44, making the entry price less than $10/film. If you ever saw Synapse's Pinky Violence Collection and liked it, you probably would also enjoy this set as well. If you have never seen movies of this nature, it is probably worth looking up a few trailers on YouTube, as you will know very quickly whether it interests you or not.

In terms of the package, you get a 5-disc set (2 Blu-rays with 5 films, 3 DVD with the same 5 films). You get a ~25 page booklet with full color photos and text. A number of extras are included, however I did not check these out. Picture quality is good with preservation of grain structure and color without compression artifacts. Presentation is Japanese with subtitles.

Overall I really like Arrow's effort here and felt the pricing was fair. I knocked off one star, however, as the packaging is a bit nightmarish. First, the outer cover and cardboard that holds the disc trays together is very thin and does not look like it will hold up over time. Second, the trays themselves instead of using a standard hub have clips on the sides and the discs slide in. Take one disc out and it is very easy for the one behind it to fall out or get jostled and scratched; further, taking out a disc is not as easy as a traditional hub design. Overall, a bit too much form over function and I would have preferred a 5-disc Elite case with a nice slipcover instead of a custom case that is difficult to use and could potentially get damaged or even damage the discs over time.

On the whole though, this is Arrow's best value offered in the USA to date and worth the asking price. Recommended.
By Mark Turner - Published on
Format: Blu-ray
A copy of this title was provided for review purposes.

Perhaps the phrase lost in translation isn’t quite as applicable here as I would have hoped. It’s not the literal translation of words that made this collection of films unenjoyable for me but the loss of the inspiration to translate into the world of Japan that I’m talking about here. While these films were immensely popular in Japan at the time, I’m guessing that had they played here in the drive-ins where the original biker films of the same time period played people would have wondered what they were watching.

Inspired by the popularity of films like Roger Corman’s THE WILD ANGELS, Japanese studios began to make their own version of biker films around the same time. The difference is that the gangs represented here in these films felt more like teen gangs being portrayed by adult actors. Let me change that. These gangs felt more like pre-teens even. Their antics were lame compared to the depravity and violence found in biker films made here in the U.S. If you can accept the difference between the two then perhaps these movies might be up your alley. For me I found them lacking in everything possible.

While I may not have enjoyed these films there are two things I will say about them. The first is that yes, there probably are people out there who will be so immersed in the culture that they fall in love with these films. Those people will love that this set is now available. Secondly I realize that there is a need for movies like this to be released in DVD or blu-ray format. Historically speaking any and all films deserve to be placed in safe keeping so they don’t disappear like a number of films that are already lost to the world.

With that out of the way, here are the films with a short synopsis of each so you know what is included in this set.

DELINQUENT GIRL BOSS – A group of girl bikers takes on the Yakuza after they rig boxing matches that involve a friend of theirs. When the leader of the bikers is taken out, revenge is sought by the rest of the girls.

WILD JUMBO – This time a gang of five friends known as the Pelican Gang does little more than drive around in their dune buggies listening to psychedelic music. Eventually they plan a heist of 30 million yen from a religious movement.

SEX HUNTER – This time around a girl gang takes on a racist male gang. Both seem to find time to do little more than fight and listen to rock n roll. The racist gang takes particular disliking to what they term half breeds and after hurting a friend of the girl gang a major battle is on the way.

MACHINE ANIMAL – This time a girl gang called the Alleycats are on friendly terms with another gang called Dragon, the main supplier of drugs in their town. When the Alleycats attempt to help three guys including an American soldier on the run, Dragon isn’t pleased with their efforts and an eventual showdown is bound to happen.

BEAT ’71 – This time around the Alleycats have become hippies and live in a commune. When the main girl’s boyfriend, the son of a Yakuza boss, fails to meet his father’s expectations his father kidnaps him to set him straight.

While these descriptions of the movies included might sound simple the fact is that the movie themselves feel just as simple. More time is spent driving around, dancing to music, laying around wasted or just fighting at the drop of a hat to fill the time of each movie. And while they are termed violent movies while watching I felt like there was more violence on TV at the time than I found in any of these movies.

For the most part I found myself bored while watching. I kept waiting for something to happen. I wanted to love these movies having heard they were such a part of the culture at the time and yet I could never quite get into any of them. But that’s me. As I’ve said all along I have little doubt that there are some out there who will love these movies and cherish them. I’m happy for you. But I’m not part of that crowd.

Arrow Video has done a great deal by releasing these five films as a set for fans to enjoy. The set includes all five movies in the series as well as interviews with star Tatsuya Fuji who was in all 5 films, an interview with Yoshio Harada who was in BEAT ’71, trailers and an interview with the director of three of the films, Yasuharu Hasebe. As I’ve discovered with all Arrow Video releases they are made by fans for fans and should please anyone seeking these films.
The Birth of Kaji Cool! 10 Aug. 2015
By Count DeRola - Published on
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Nikkatsu was the hippest studio around in 1970. The had the hottest stars, the hottest musicians, the hottest women, and the movies featured all the latest fashions. These movies were completely western in their approach; there was nothing traditionally Japanese about them. And yet, this makes them even MORE Japanese in a strange way. For instance, in the third film MACHINE ANIMAL, the delinquents and hippies "drop acid" and then proceed to stumble around as if they'd had one Sapporo too many. Apparently no one in the cast had ever dropped acid. And therein lies some of this series' charm.

Of the five films, WILD JUMBO is my favorite. It's the most freewheeling, uneven, silly, improvisational and ultimately shocking movie of the group. Also, Meiko Kaji shows a side of herself in this film that you never see. Since Bunjaku Han has the "femme fatale" role in this film, Kaji gets to play a more relaxed, less glamorous and ultimately more interesting character. Also Tatsuya Fuji is excellent in all the films but particularly shines in this one.

Everyone thinks SEX HUNTER is the best. Maybe because it's the film that first established Meiko's "Kaji Cool" which she would later hone in her later films. Or maybe it's because it deals with race relations and "half bloods". But I find it problematic. The half Japanese/half Italian actor that plays one of the main roles is just plain BAD. I can't sympathize with him. And you must if the film is going to work. This movie overreaches within the form it's in. These breezy entertainments are best when they don't try too hard and Sex Hunter tries WAY TOO HARD. The featured music group is the girl group The Golden Half and they're kinda fantastic.

I had seen most of these films before in bootleg form so it was fun to watch them again. The Blu rays look great (I haven't watched the DVDs yet and probably never will - why do they do this? Why don't they just go all out and release a blu ray/dvd/vhs/betamax/laserdisc/and view master box set?). I wish it had just been released on two blu ray discs like that simple Lone Wolf & Cub set from years ago. Minor quibbles aside, it's worth a purchase for Meiko Kaji and Tatsuya Fuji alone. And for being simply a great time capsule of early 70's Shinjuku.
....Berfore Lady Snowblood and Sasori, there was Mako and her Alleycats. 28 Aug. 2015
By Mjolnir - Published on
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Excellent box set. These 5 films gave Meiko Kaji her starpower and helped shape her onscreen persona, taking her from demure schoolgirl (her early work) to, basically, Japan's answer to Pam Grier in the 1970s.

Delinquent Girl Boss, Sex Hunter and Machine Animal were great movies, not a dull moment. Wild Jumbo wasn't too bad either, but Beat '71 was boring as f*** to be honest.

The films have been wonderfully preserved on these discs. According to the booklet, Arrow Video obtained copies of the master prints direct from Nikkatsu for this set, so they appear on your TV screen with the same picture quality as if they were screened in Japan in 1970...that includes all the little imperfections, nothing has been digitally molested here aside from the transfer to disc.

If you are a fan of Meiko Kaji and/or Japanese cult cinema they buy this set before they disappear, the sets are limited to only 3000 copies in the United States and I'm glad I got mine.
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