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Gincho wataridori (Wandering Ginza Butterfly) (Wandering Silver Butterfly) (1971)

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Cult film icon Meiko Kaji (Female Convict Scorpion) stars as a former gang leader who must fight to defend her uncle's pool hall when a rival gang attempts to muscle in on the business. Sentenced to three years in prison for murdering a yakuza member, one-time street tough Nami (Kaji) emerges from her prison stint a shamed woman condemned to life in the shadowy underworld. Eventually, Nami returns to the city to live with her uncle, who owns a pool hall, and connects with shady pimp Ryuji (Tsunehiko Watase). All seems well when Nami lands a job as a hostess at a trendy club in the Ginza district, though the bright lights of the local shops suppress a swelling darkness that will soon threaten to pull her back into a world of bloodlust and treachery. A rival gang is attempting to muscle in on the club, and in order to save her uncle's business Nami will have to wield a pool cue with the skill of a seasoned pool shark. But sometimes a pool cue isn't enough, and you need to reach for a sword in order to make your point. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Critic Reviews for Gincho wataridori (Wandering Ginza Butterfly) (Wandering Silver Butterfly)

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It's a minor but fun piece of seventies genre cinema filled with loud suits, melodramatic complications and a camera that zooms in to hardened faces...

Full Review… | May 19, 2009
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Audience Reviews for Gincho wataridori (Wandering Ginza Butterfly) (Wandering Silver Butterfly)

The always lovely Meiko Kaji plays ex-con Nami ( not the same one from Scorpion). She's a cool chick, who's really good at pool and gets herself a hostessing job at local club in Ginza aftering making friends with the owner. Soon, however, she finds out that the owner is being forced to sell the club to a mob boss exploiting her debt. Nami won't stand for this which ultimately leads us to the beautifully bloody conclusion. Overall this film isn't nearly as good as some of Kaji's other work like the Scorpion films and Lady Snowblood, but it's still pretty damn entertaining and the end is quite satisfying indeed.

Aaron Wittwer
Aaron Wittwer

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