Kazuhiko Yamaguchi

  • Kazuhiko Yamaguchi – Ginchô wataridori AKA Wandering Ginza Butterfly (1972)

    Gang leader Nami (Meiko Kaji) kills a member of a yakuza group and goes away to prison. Upon her release three years later, she’s a shamed woman confined to living in the shadowy world of sex clubs and street gangs. She returns to the city to live with her uncle, a billiard-hall owner, and after befriending pimp and ne’er-do-well Ryuji (Tsunehiko Watase), she gets a job working at a hostess club in the chic Ginza neighborhood, where the expensive shops and neon lights conceal a dark world of crime and sexual slavery. But when a rival gang attempts to muscle in on the club, Nami becomes enmeshed in a violent struggle that forces her to wield a skilled pool cue to defend her uncle’s business, and eventually a short sword to wreak bloody vengeance upon her enemies.Read More »

  • Kazuhiko Yamaguchi – Aku no shin’eitai AKA Troops of Darkness (1971)

    A disgraced yakuza member, framed for the murder of his boss, emerges from prison eight years later with revenge on his mind.Read More »

  • Kazuhiko Yamaguchi – Kaette kita onna hissatsu ken AKA The Return of Sister Street Fighter (1975)

    Back in Hong Kong, an old friend of Koryu’s, Detective Cho (Jiro Chiba, Shinichi’s brother), shortly before being stabbed right through the tie, asks Koryu to accompany his niece Rika to Yokohama and look for the little girl’s mother, Shurei, who has become the mistress of Oh Ryu Mei (Rinichi Yamamoto), “shadow ruler of Yokohama’s Chinatown,” and whose “certain large Japanese corporation” is hoarding stolen gold.Read More »

  • Kazuhiko Yamaguchi – Zubekô banchô: Tôkyô nagaremono AKA Delinquent Girl Boss 2 – Tokyo Drifters (1970)

    The second part in the series feels a bit like a quick cash in on the success of the original… although that’s not to say it’s a bad movie. It’s quite an enjoyable film actually, if you’re a genre fan that is. The main problem is that it’s missing a proper storyline. Between the awesome reform school opening and stylish action finale there isn’t a whole lot happening. Director Yamaguchi relies a bit too much on humour and general ’hanging out with the characters’. Almost all darker content has been dropped from the film, and the exploitation elements, that were already brief in the previous film, have been further toned down; the violence is mostly bloodless, and there is only brief nudity, always in comical context.Read More »

  • Kazuhiko Yamaguchi – Onna hissatsu ken: kiki ippatsu AKA Sister Street Fighter: Hanging By a Thread (1974)

    The daughter of a powerful man, Birei, disappears and Koryu is sent to Tokyo to investigate. She soon discovers that Birei was kidnapped in a gangster’s diamond smuggling ring that is very close to home. Soon she is surrounded by the gangster’s army of martial arts experts…Read More »

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