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Thursday, 22 October 2015

Rica 2: Lonely Wanderer (1973)

After a hasty escape from wherever it was she was imprisoned, the delinquent Rica goes searching for a friend that’s recently gone missing. Along the way she encounters a dangerous yakuza clan that want her dead.
The story makes repeated references to the missing girl’s mixed-race background, teasing us with pertinent criticisms of racism and xenophobia, taking inspiration perhaps from Hasebe's Stray Cat Rock: Sex Hunter (1970), but it ultimately chooses to forego deepening that aspect in favour of a safer pinky violence option; i.e. stylish fights that put the knee-high booted Rika Aoki centre stage. And, of course, she still finds time to sing a few songs.

3 bold patterns out of 5

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