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WANDERING GINZA BUTTERFLY 2: SHE-CAT GAMBLER (1972) ** ½

The sword-wielding gambler Nami (Meiko Kaji) is back! This time, she’s in Tokyo looking for the man who murdered her father. Along the way, she rescues some girls from a life of prostitution and befriends a hard luck gambler (Sonny Chiba). Eventually, she learns the identity of her father’s murderer and gets Sonny to help take him down.

The combination of Meiko Kaji and Sonny Chiba is a potentially potent one, but they don’t spend a whole lot of time kicking ass together. Only in the film’s final five minutes do they actually combine forces and start slashing the shit out of people with samurai swords. So if you’re watching Wandering Ginza Butterfly 2: She-Cat Gambler on the strengths of their pairing, you may be a tad disappointment.

The film gets off to a great start. The scenes of Kaji saving girls from their would-be pimp are pretty cool. And the finale is fairly bloody and exciting. However, things get really bogged down in the middle section of the flick. It’s here where Kaji takes a backseat to the (too many) supporting characters. Only when she finally learns the whereabouts of her father’s killer does she once again become a presence in the film, but it’s a long time coming.

Kaji once again delivers a great performance as the cool and calculating Nami. Sonny Chiba on the other hand is badly miscast as the stuttering, down-on-his-luck gambler. He’s not terrible or anything, just… badly miscast.

AKA: Wandering Ginza: She-Cat Gambler

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