title HIJIRIMEN BAKUTO [Scarlet Gambler]
also known as TIGER LILY
Ishii scripter: Oniroku Dan
· Midori Hoshino
assassin-for-hire Okatsu the Tiger-Lily takes 'hit contracts'
[many distasteful even to her] and uses her skills to extract a twisted
brand of justice, leaving a trail of blood as she travels from one gambling
site to the next. Of course, she needs to be cautious while performing
her executions, but Okatsu must also be continuously aware of her surroundings
as many people are seeking revenge for her past hits.
Nakamura (playing Okatsu here) made few movies. Some critics think Eiko's
career was hindered by Reiko Ike's overshadowing performance in this
film. Ms Nakamura would headline in one more feature the following year
WITHOUT LOVE AND HUMANITY for Kinji Fukasaku] before turning
to television work where she is still active today.
Reiko Ike was already one of Toei's top sex starlets (due to Japan's
Violence or female girl boss phenomenon) when she
made this movie. She starred in numerous films for director Teruo Ishii
(also see FEMALE
YAKUZA and SEX
AND FURY) before branching away from Pink into mainstream crime
movies. In 1980, Ms Ike starred in an episode of the television series
Detective Story before totally disappearing at age
27. Nothing has been reported on Reiko Ike since that date.
significant is the kismet union between director Teruo Ishii and novelist
Oniroku Dan. This was Dan's first project with a major Japanese movie
company. He would then move to Nikkatsu where he penned many of that
studio's major pink films from FLOWER
AND SNAKE to WIFE
TO BE SACRIFICED. The S&M influence here was a natural foundation
as Ishii had already cemented his reputation with his JOYS
OF TORTURE movies.