Film 88: BLACK TIGHT KILLERS (aka ORE NI SAWARU TO ABUNAIZE)
Black Tight Killers (aka Ore Ni Sawaru To Abunaize)
3 out of 5 stars
Pinku film director, Yasuharu Hasebe’s (several STRAY CAT ROCK aka NORA-NEKI ROKKU films, ASSAULT! JACK THE RIPPER, FEMALE PRISONER SCORPION: #701 GRUDGE SONG, RAPE!, RAPE! 13TH HOUR, and RAPING!) first film was this action-oriented groovefest about a photographer who searches the underworld for his kidnaped girlfriend and some lost WWII gold. The film is VERY 60s… VERY groovy in its presentation using BAVA-esque (or even say, Seijin Suzuki) color schemes of brilliant hues set against shadowy blacks as well as some cool dream sequences that are far too neat to spoil here. The Killers – a band of female ninjas who spit bubblegum as shuriken and toss 45 records as flying discs of death – are about what you’d expect from a Pinku film (terrible fighters who can knock a man out with one punch and who seemingly are ALWAYS naked) and the male lead is second only to Peter Cushing as the worst fighter in cinema. Still, the film gets by on its naïve charm and innate campiness and is quite an enjoyable little viewing. So, if Go-Go dancers, gangsters, surf music, and people driving around in Alpha Romeros are your bag, then BLACK TIGHT KILLERS is heartily recommended. Fans of 60s-era cheese and groovy set pieces will LOVE this one. Fun, although it’s a little hard to find (but worth the effort).