Stray Cat Rock: Delinquent Girl Boss

Stray Cat Rock: Delinquent Girl Boss ★★★

The main character in Stray Cat Rock: Delinquent Girl Boss is the camera. It is constantly in motion, swaying up and down, right and left, down hallways, around corners, retreating as fast as possible, scanning the horizon, hanging out at the discotheque, following the flow of pedestrian traffic on a sidewalk or a knife fight or a dune buggy/motorcycle chase, etc. This gives an overall impression of a daily slice-of-life film that just happened to record a conflict between a girl gang and a paramilitary yakuza group over lost proceeds from a fixed boxing match gone wrong. There is lots of time and space devoted to going from one place or another or hiding or hanging out. This is fine because it always looks amazing and often takes place in shadowy walkways, streets and corridors only faintly interrupted by the light from neon signs or shop windows, a nightscape in which to hopefully disappear. Also, Meiko Kaji hitting dudes with a two-by-four is always going to be rad, no matter what.

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