Sunday, September 4, 2011

Nippon Soul: Pinky Funk from the Land of the Rising Sun

Pinky Violence was the Japanese version of the sexploitation-gangster movie. The basic premise is beautiful women with well-developed bosoms and abnormally developed martial arts skills take on either a rival female gang, or band together to battle some group of badly behaved Yakuza. The soundtracks ranged from Lounge Jazz and Downtempo to a version of Funk that borrowed heavily from American Blaxploitation soundtracks, Soul-Jazz, Flamenco and surf guitar, bossa-nova inspired pieces--even Spaghetti Western influences.

Trash cinema? Absolutely, in the best way imaginable. The Girl Boss collection comes most highly recommended here. As far as the music is concerned, there's not an awful lot of it out there. My collection of Pinky/Japanese albums number around 100. That may seem like a lot to the uninitiated, but it's only a fraction of what's available in other cinematic genres.

For this post I've compiled some of my favorite Pinky Violence, or Pinky influenced songs from my collection. These 14 rollicking funk and soul tracks are taken from various soundtracks. My personal favorite soundtrack collection is the Miki Sugimoto vs. Reiko Ike album which is pictured below. The rival actresses were often pitted against one another in some of the best Pinky Violence movies and are probably its most well known and recognizable fixtures.

A sample of the kick-ass girl funk on this volume:



Miki Sugimoto vs. Reiko Ike

1 comment:

  1. these bands are just fantastic
    that is really what i think