6/13/11

Criminal Woman: Killing Melody (1973) Review

Criminal Woman: Killing Melody
Staples of the Pinky Violence genre include women in prison, inept yakuza, bondage and torture, rape, revenge, girls on motorcycles, girls with guns, and of course, lots of boobies and violence. Criminal Woman: Killing Melody includes all of these elements as well as two of the queens of the genre - Reiko Ike and Miki Sugimoto - which is why it serves as a fine introduction to the Pinky Violence genre. And Miki Sugimoto is hot.

This is a basic revenge story lacking in complexity but not in blood and boobies.  The story begins in a groovy topless go-go club with a knife wielding and unbalanced Maki (Reiko Ike) throwing down with a group of yakuza, who we later learn were responsible for her father’s death and the repeated unwanted intrusion of her hoo-ha.  

After her subsequent imprisonment for getting all stabby in the nightclub, she befriends four other young hooligan girls including a tough Masayo (Miki Sugimoto) who bares the tell-tale tattoos of the yakuza.  What yakuza clan could she possibly belong to!?  There is a clash of personalities between these two, which leads to a drawn out shiv fight in the prison yard where Maki‘s tenacity and inability to yield wins her the respect of her yakuza counterpart and the other girls.

Pew Pew Pew
Several years pass, Maki is released from prison and is still hell bent on avenging her “good for nothing” father and her violated loins.  She teams up with the other girls, excluding Masayo who returned to her yakuza lover after her release, and sets out to systematically dismantle the Oba clan.  To do so, she peddles her behind to some American G.I.s and uses the proceeds and her connections to purchase guns and grenades.  Then, she starts a gang war by assassinating one of the Oba leaders and making it look like a weak rival yakuza gang, the Hamayusa, was responsible.  You see, even though the elderly boss of the Hamayusa clan is a reasonable guy, he has a “mad dog” or what we westerners might call a “crazy drunk guy” as a son who is capable of such unpredictable behavior.  The Oba clan retaliates and war erupts.  

But Masayo knows the truth.  She knows that Maki and the other girls are really behind the killings and the resulting war, but as Oba’s girlfriend, she is torn between her loyalty to her prison mates and her desire for power and money which comes from her lover and his yakuza clan.  Who will she choose??  Well, if you look at the last screenshot it’s pretty obvious.

One could say that in this film the yakuza represents the traditional, oppressive male-dominated element of Japanese society, and that the post-war American occupation is a source of (a limited) empowerment to women -  in this case by providing power in the form of money and weapons.  Granted, this power is not freely given but rather exchanged for sex, but this marks a contrast to the yakuza who merely take what they want, kill those who oppose them and give nothing in return.  The American men give the women the tools to take control and fight against their Japanese oppressors.  One could say these things but this blog is really about blood and boobies so let's get to the rating.

Violence Rating/Index: 3 out of 5
Booby Rating/Index: 3.5 out of 5  - Click to see the nude scenes.



26 comments:

Zombie said...

what are those stars doing in the way??

The Angry Lurker said...

Blood and Boobies, and an alternative name for the blog?

Bonjour Tristesse said...

Props to you, it's difficult enough keeping my own blog content PG. I don't know how you do it for some of the films you cover.

Moobeat said...

foxy

Daniel said...

haha return of the ugly milf!

Shutterbug said...

I second that! Blood + Boobies should be your new name!

AllenTesch said...

Does it have lesbian scenes? It seems like the only thing it's missing.

Astronomy Pirate said...

You gotta love a crazy revenge story with drunks, yakuza and boobs.

Dave said...

Whoa that Criminal Woman looks really wild.

Henry said...

Wait a minute, didn't I have to click a "I am over 18" button to get to this blog? If so, then shouldn't that mean you can post at least R-rated material?

Desktoper said...

Nice cover :D

Kicking Rocks said...

it has a great booby rating!

-E- said...

whoa i didn't know the gevil empire censored blogs.

T. Roger Thomas said...

Great cover art

Dave Benzene said...

Seems like my kind of film

Biff Tanner said...

Looks like my kind of film

Electric Addict said...

dont mess with girls holding a gun

D4 said...

But Banacek, I want the screenshots from the original article. This isn't fair.

thenitefalls said...

Girls with weapons, my type of women ;)

Jay said...

yum! sounds solid! :D

ed said...

movie looks classy, nice review

Rob said...

looks nice!

Necroticism said...

HMM HMM! sexy! gotta watch it only for that black star.

BTN Hip Hop said...

haha top notch production here!

Speedy Ed said...

quite a high booby rating, that's always good

Jack of Diamonds said...

I got the yellow fever for that actress! :D

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