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    That explain's GH's porno/kung fu movie THE ASSOCIATION...man, that movie is weird!

    (presumably because Toei’s idea of “multi-cultural” was Sonny Chiba beating the crap out of foreign nationalities)
    Which is ironic, when you consider GH made a mint off Jimmy Wang Yu, Angela Mao and Bruce Lee doing the same, especially to the Japanese! Even Cheng Pei-pei got in on the act, with NONE BUT THE BRAVE.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Killer Meteor View Post
    That explain's GH's porno/kung fu movie THE ASSOCIATION...man, that movie is weird!
    I completely forgot about that one! Good film! I never realized this before but looking at the cast list on IMDb, Naomi Oka (as Mei Ho), one of Toei's Pinky Violence girls, is there.

    And then there's John Woo's The Dragon Tamers, which featured Ryoko Ema as evil Tae Kwon Do sister! She was one of the biggest non-leading lady names in Pinky Violence, always cast as evil gang leader.


    Left: Ema & Ike in Sukeban: Diamond Showdown (1974). Right: Kano and Ema in Sukeban: Crazy Ball Game (1974)


    Ike, Sugimoto and Ema in Terrifying Girls' High School: Women's Violent Classroom (1972)

    The Dragon Tamers:




    Also Chie Kobayashi, another Toei Pinky Violence girl

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    This reminds me that it’s been a while since I mentioned how much I enjoy Ryoko Ema in general. Such a great presence and cruel face.

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    Might have been me. Fountain Valley area?

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    Might have been me. Fountain Valley area?
    I’m dying to know what you mean.

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    Thank you for the pinky violence tidbits...I really appreciate it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Takuma View Post


    There’s a nice little Reiko Ike biography in the Hotwax’s Who's Who Book 和モノ事典1970’s 人名編 (2006). English summary (scan below, please point out if I made any glaring mistakes)

    Was scouted by director Norifumi Suzuki and producer Kanji Amao in May 1971 at the famous Aoi Heya club in Tokyo where both Ike and Miki Sugimoto used to hang out
    CORRECTION: While I believe my translation is correct, the story is not! Suzuki says in his book (Toei guerilla senki, 2013, page 14) that the whole story about Ike and Sugimoto hanging out at Aoi Heya was made up by producer Amao for marketing purposes! LOL!
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    Highlights from “Pinky Violence: Toei’s Bad Girl Films” (Sugisaku & Uechi, 1999) – Part 10

    I’ve been reading the book “Pinky Violence: Toei’s Bad Girl Films” (東映ピンキー・バイオレンス浪漫ア バム) (1999). I’ll try to summarize a few highlights. My translations may not be entirely accurate.

    Reiko Ike and Fan Letters from Kids

    Here’s an awesome little story from the book. Uechi writes that while pink films were only shown in adult theatres, “Ike and Sugimoto’s girl boss films were treated as mainstream movies for general audiences and were screened as double features with ninkyo yakuza films. This gave birth to an odd phenomenon where, according to an old magazine article, Ike was receiving fan letters from elementary school 5th graders saying “your boobs are way different from my mom’s””.

    Now, I would perhaps take this with a grain of salt knowing how active Toei was at creating publicity for Ike (I wouldn’t be surprised if the 5th grader was producer Amao, lol) but it may just as well be 100% true. I could imagine Ike was a goddess to 11 year old boys, and since about half of her Pinky Violence movies were rated “general audiences” (Not R-18), kids should have been able to see them, too.


    [still from Suzuki's book Toei guerilla senki, 2013]

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