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(aka "Terrifying Girls' High School: Lynch Law Classroom" or "Ky˘fu joshik˘k˘: b˘k˘ rinchi ky˘shitsu")

 

directed by Norifumi Suzuki
Japan 1973

 

Not believing that her friend committed suicide Noriko (Miki Sugimoto) gets herself sent to the School of Hope to expose the murder. Also new to the school are Razorblade Remi (Misuzu Ota) - arrested for slashing her way through a gang of would-be rapists with a razorblade - and Kyoko (Seiko Saburi) who caused a delivery truck to crash when the driver made it clear he wasn't giving her a free ride. All three discover that lecherous Vice Principal Ishihara (Kenji Imai) rules the school through a "disciplinary committee" of girls who make sure their fellow classmates do not step out of line while enjoying their own kicks. Noriko helps a reporter looking for dirt on the school. Further complicating the scenario is the arrival of Noriko's rival Maki (Reiko Ike) who challenges Noriko to a motorcycle barrel jump! An interesting oh-so-Japanese variation on the "Women in Prison" sub-genre, TERRIFYING GIRLS' HIGHSCHOOL: LYNCH LAW CLASSROOM opens with a disturbing pre-credits scene of attempted exsanguinations and has a number of disturbing vignettes interspersed throughout but a funky score and some vicious girlfights keep things entertaining if not entirely light (the film manages some heavy-handed social commentary on institutional corruption while reveling in sadism but that's par for the course with exploitation cinema so just run with it).

Eric Cotenas

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Theatrical Release: 31 March 1973

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DVD Review: Panik House Entertainment (The Pinky Violence Collection) - Region 1 - NTSC

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Distribution

Panik House Entertainment

Region 1 - NTSC

Runtime 1:28:15
Video

2.34:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 6.31 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate

Audio Japanese Dolby Digital 1.0 mono
Subtitles English, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Panik House Entertainment

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 2.34:1

Edition Details:
• Audio Commentary by Chris D, author of OUTLAW MASTERS OF JAPANESE FILM
• Theatrical Trailer (16:9; 2:52)
• Poster & Still Galleries
• Filmmaker Bios
• Production Notes
• Collectible Sticker Insert of DVD Cover Art

DVD Release Date: October 31st, 2006
Amaray

Chapters 24

 

Comments

Panik House's presentation is anamorphic, progressive, and single-layer with strong, fairly clean 1.0 audio (the better to appreciate 's funky score). The transfer has some speckling and a bit of noticeable aliasing but it looks great for a nearly 40 year old picture.

The theatrical trailer is subtitled but has no text (not even a title) and Chris D's commentary is extremely informative, contextualizing the picture with the series as well as its sister GIRL BOSS series and providing information about the director and series regulars (additional info is provided in the Production Notes and cast/crew bios). The still gallery section includes 2 posters and separate color and B/W sections. Panik House's disc is now out of print but is worth seeking out.

 - Eric Cotenas

 



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