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Sailor Suit and Machine Gun Blu-ray

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SKU: 760137766087

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About Sailor Suit and Machine Gun Blu-ray

Sailor Suit and Machine Gun was directed by Shinji Sômai and stars Hiroko Yakushimaru, Tsunehiko Watase, and Rentarô Mikuni.

A perky high-schooler takes on the mob in Sailor Suit and Machine Gun, a one-of-a-kind genre-bender that riffs on the yakuza film, coming-of-age drama and 'idol movie', inventively adapted from Jiro Akagawa's popular novel by director Shinji Somai (Typhoon Club, Wait and See), a massively influential figure in Japanese cinema whose work has been little seen outside his homeland.

Hoshi Izumi is a young innocent forced to grow up quickly when her father dies and she finds herself next in line as the boss of a moribund yakuza clan. Wrenched from the security of her classroom and thrust into the heart of the criminal underworld, she must come to terms with the fact that her actions hold the key to the life or death of the men under her command as they come under fire from rival gangs.

Presented in both its Original Theatrical and longer Complete versions, and the first time one of Somai's films has been released on home video in the West, this landmark work from his early career was responsible for launching teen talent Hiroko Yakushimaru (Legend of the Eight Samurai; Detective Story) as the iconic face of a generation, with the catchy theme song she performs indelibly etched into the zeitgeist of early-1980s Japan.

Special Features: Girls, Guns, and Gangsters: Shinji Somai & Sailor Suit and Machine Gun - an exclusive new 50-minute documentary, Original Trailers and TV spots for both versions, Image Gallery


  • Publisher: ARROW VIDEO
  • Media: Blu-ray
  • Spoken Language: Japanese
  • Subtitle Language: English
  • Genre: Action, Drama, Romance
  • Age Rating: 13+
  • Run Time: 112
  • Year Created: 1981
  • Release Date: 11/16/2021
  • Dimensional Weight: 1
  • Region Code: A

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5 star rating out of 5

A brilliant film lost to time finally available!

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This film very much is in the style of manga and anime of it's time, specifically delinquent anime of the 70s that's pretty much all but forgotten and really never was seen much outside of Japan itself. With that context you'll get a lot more out of this film, that said, I don't expect anyone to be as big of anime weeb of lost art.

This film is really bizarre and really there's nothing else quite like it. It embraces it's nonsense of a teenager head of a Yakuza gang, as absurd as that is, yet takes more grounded approach to the story.

I'm so glad I saw this, though Arrows new cover art very much is misleading, as beautiful as it is.