Sex & Fury (1973) from Tuna
Sex & Fury, or "Fury˘ anego den: Inoshika Och˘," is
another Pinky Violence offering from Panic House, and is of the same
superb quality as all of their other releases. This is more of a "girl
Yakuza" than "girl gang" film, and stars Reiko Ike, whom we have seen
before, but never looking better. At the start of the film, we learn
that she is an accomplished pickpocket and gambler. She receives the
dying wish of another gambler, to take his bank account and redeem his
sister, who is to be sold into prostitution. She resolves to
accomplish the mission.
Then we learn that Ike also has her own mission in life, to revenge the three people who murdered her detective father. Each has a tattoo that matches a Japanese gambling card design. Unfortunately, because of advantages gained when they killed her father, they are in charge of the Japanese ruling party. Another major player, Christina Lindberg, is a foreign spy who has taken the job because she is in love with a Japanese dissident. The dissident, it turns out, is after the same people as Ike. Ike locates the sister (Rie Saotome) and gambles with Lindberg for her freedom, but Saotome's virginity is taken by one of the bad guys, whose thing is virgins, before she is turned loose.
Ike does in the first of her targets by covering her body with poison, and having him lick it off. The other two deaths are harder for Ike to come by. In the process, she is chained, beaten, then tied up and hung from the ceiling. My favorite scene starts with Ike in a hot tub. She is attacked, and springs out of the tub, completely naked, and dispatches dozens of armed men with a sword, first in the building, then outside in the snow. Her other fight scenes are equally impressive.
The 7.1 at IMDb demonstrates a high level of acceptance among genre fans. I agree. With impressive martial arts and copious nudity, this is an excellent Japanese exploitation film, transferred flawlessly, with plenty of extra features.
I agree with Tuna completely. I don't know if this is the very best of the Pinky Violence films, but I know of no better one. It has all the pieces in place. The legendary Norifumi Suzuki directed. Genre icon Reiko Ike starred. You must at least rent it, if for no other reason than to see her use a sword to battle twelve warriors in a fight which finishes up in the courtyard in the snow - all while she's stark naked. I have not seen the new DVD, but based on Tuna's comments, it is a first-class presentation of one of the most entertaining exploitation films ever made.
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