1970s Promotional poster for
"Girls' Junior High School:
Bad Habit" - a fairly typical
'Pinku Violence' film of the era
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Pinku Violence (aka Pinky or Pink Violence) is a sub-gengre of Japanese film known as 'Pinku Eiga', which is a wide ranging term that
everything from dramas to action thrillers and exploitation films, and softcore pornographic (aka romance pornography or roman poruno) features.
Pinku violence is a peculiarly Japanese form of so-called 'Exploitation Film', which is an informal label often applied to any film which is generally
to be low budget, and therefore apparently attempting to gain financial success by "exploiting" a current trend, niche genre or base desire for lurid
The term "exploitation" is common in film marketing for promotion or advertising in ANY type of film.
A true "exploitation film",
however, due to its low
budget, relies more heavily than usual on "exploitation" of sex, violence, or romance... and, more often than not, a combination of all three.
Pinku Violence differs from this usual Hollywood formula though, as they sometimes contain little or no softcore sex scenes and focus more on violence and revenge
and feature strong female lead characters.
Other popular themes are rival girl gangs (whether street gangs, motorcycle gangs or yakuza) clashing and prison settings.
Toei, a major Japanese film studio, led the charge in developing Pinku Violence films and produced the vast majority of them, though Toho and
Nikkatsu each produced
about a dozen or so such films during the height of the Pinku Violence era from 1969 to 1980.
Though Pinku Violence films are widely considered to be generally "B movies", they sometimes attract critical attention and cult followings.
Some films which might readily be labeled as Pinku Violence have become trend setters and of historical importance in their own right, such as the
Stray Cat Rock
series of films (1970-71).
Some modern films, particularly V-Cinema releases, such as 'Bloodbath at Pinky High', also might be advertised by the producers themselves as
Pinku Violence in order to pique the interest of those who seek out films of this type.
Stray Cat Rock: Female Boss - Trailer
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A great many Pinku Violence films revolve around Sukeban, Yankī and
Bōsōzoku gangs, and many of them are listed (and where
possible download links are given) in the TV and MOVIES pages on this site....
JAPANESE JUVENILE DELINQUENTS ON THE BIG SCREEN (Part I) (Gallery)
JAPANESE JUVENILE DELINQUENTS ON THE BIG SCREEN (Part II) (Gallery)