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Wandering Ginza Butterfly


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Year: 1971

Rating: 18

Director: Kazuhiko Yamaguchi


Meiko Kaji
Tsunehiko Watase

Country: Japan

Label: Synapse

Gang leader Nami (cult film legend 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.

Format: DVD
Region/TV Standard: Region 1/NTSC
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: English
Running Time: 86 mins
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Case Type: Standard
Extra Features:

Audio commentary by Japanese film expert Chris D.
New, exclusive video interview with director Kazuhiko Yamaguchi
Original Japanese theatrical trailers for both Wandering Butterfly films
Meiko Kaji poster gallery and biography

Reversible cover with original Japanese poster artwork

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