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Stray Cat Rock: Delinquent Girl Boss is a 1970 Japanese action film.

Ako is a biker who runs into girl gang the Stray Cats about to have a knife fight. After intervening to save them, she joins the gang and befriends their leader Mei, slowly climbing the ranks to become a leader. Meanwhile, Mei's boyfriend is trying to join a far right nationalist gang called the Seiyu Group, and tries to convince his friend to throw a boxing match for them. Ako and Mei unwittingly convince said friend to win the match, starting a Mob War between the Stray Cats and the Seiyu Group.

This film received four sequels:

  • Stray Cat Rock: Wild Jumbo (1970)
  • Stray Cat Rock: Sex Hunter (1970)
  • Stray Cat Rock: Machine Animal (1970)
  • Stray Cat Rock: Beat '71 (1971)

This film contains examples of:

  • Bifauxnen: Ako is easily mistaken for a boy in her biker garb, due to being a short-haired Tomboy.
  • Big Bad: Mr. Hanada, a gangster who declares war on the Stray Cats.
  • Chickification: Toshio starts the movie as a vicious sadist who tortures Yuka for fun, and ends as Katsuya's pleading girlfriend who is last seen in his bed.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Toshio decides to burn Yuka's chest with a blowtorch For the Evulz.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: The film starts with the Stray Cats battling a rival gang led by Toshio, but she's knocked out 30 minutes in, after which her boyfriend is revealed to be working for a bigger gang led by Hanada who become the main threat. Toshio herself basically becomes Katsuya's pleading girlfriend near the end.
  • Fan Disservice:
    • Yuka's shirt is torn open by Toshio, who proceeds to burn her with a blowtorch.
    • Mari is naked while being violently interrogated by the Seiyu Group.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Mr. Konto, Hanada's boss, only appears briefly to berate Hanada's hotheadedness and is never seen again.
  • Japanese Delinquents: A Trope Codifier for the sukeban or girl gang subgenre of delinquent films.
  • Karma Houdini: Nothing happens to Toshio after she tries to massacre the Stray Cats and tortures one of them with a blowtorch.
  • Mob War: The Stray Cats enter two of these over the course of the film, first with an unnamed rival gang Mei used to be in and then with the far-right Seiyu Group.
  • Non-Actor Vehicle: The lead is played by pop star Akiko Wade, who also does the soundtrack.
  • The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: The Stray Cats are mentioned as being involved in crime, but it's never made clear what sort beyond the occasional street brawl.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Some nationalist rhetoric is spouted at the Seiyu Group's introductory meeting, but it never comes up again in the film itself and just seems to be a way to make them more unlikable.
  • Right-Wing Militia Fanatic: The main villains.
  • Thematic Series: None of the Stray Cat Rock series are connected, being wholly unrelated films connected by being about female delinquents, starring Meiko Kaji and being distributed by Nikkatsu.
  • Throwing the Fight: The Seiyu Group task Michio with convincing his childhood friend Kelly to throw a fight so they can win 40 million yen from in gambling. The Stray Cats unwittingly ruining that starts the war between the two gangs.