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Levi Rivera
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Girl Boss Revenge: Sukeban(1973)



Reiko Ike was still in her late teens when she was "discovered" by Japan's Toei Studios (stories of her "discovery" are inconsistent, ranging from being scouted in a nightclub to being spotted as a model). Along with Miki Sugimoto she was Toei's top sex star throughout the 1970s, and the focus of the "sukeban" or female girl boss phenomenon of 1970s Japanese cinema. Beginning with "Girl Boss Guerilla" (Sukeban gerira (1972)), Ike made 12 films, almost all in the Pinky Violence/Yakuza Girl genre. Despite real-life trouble with the law--she was arrested once for drugs and once for illegal gambling--she worked throughout the decade, appearing in at least two of Kinji Fukasaku's "Battles Without Honor & Humanity" (Battles Without Honor and Humanity (1973) series (1973-79). Her last film before disappearing from the public eye was "The Golden Dog" (Dog of Fortune (1979)).The bulk of her work was for Toei in 1973, when she appeared in the films "Sex & Fury" (Sex & Fury (1973)), "Girl Boss" (Girl Boss Revenge: Sukeban (1973)), "Terrifying Girls' High School: Lynch Law Classroom" Terrifying Girls' High School: Lynch Law Classroom (1973)), "Criminal Woman: Killing Melody" (Zenka onna: Koroshi-bushi (1973)) and "Sex & Fury"'s sequel "Female Yakuza Tale: Inquisition and Torture" (Female Yakuza Tale (1973)). This rush of films established her as a major sex icon in Japan and created a tabloid rivalry with fellow Toei contact player Miki Sugimoto, who was her co-star in several films.The recent reissues of "Sex & Fury" and "Female Yakuza Tale"--along with the release of a Pinky Violence box set consisting of "Terrifying Girls School", "Criminal Woman" and "Girl Boss Guerilla"--has rekindled her cult following.




Girl Boss Revenge: Sukeban(1973)



Here's a synopsis from TLA Video, "A car, loaded with delinquent girls, is headed to reform school when it crashes and the girls escape to freedom. On the run from the law, girl boss Komasa and her friends seek refuge right in the middle of Osaka's hardcore gang territory. Rival gangs battle it out for supremacy in a corrupt world of money-hungry degenerates whose only objectives are to make a quick buck and score a quick score. When Komasa and her pals get involved, it throws the whole underworld into chaos and they soon find themselves at the mercy of some sinister thugs. Abused to no end at the hands of some rough customers, the girls find themselves the currency in a brutal transaction. But girl boss Komasa won't consider any debts paid in full until she has her revenge!". 041b061a72


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