With Six Six Sick's Two Year Anniversary Party coming up next Tuesday (more details to come), I thought it might be an appropriate time to revisit one of our original inspirations. The women of Pinky Violence, a series of 70's era Japanese exploitation films centered entirely around sex and (obviously) violence, were definitely in the back of our minds when we started our own Asian girl gang of sorts. Even though there is a fair share of girl-slicing-up-other-girl in every one of these movies, at the core, their is also a strong sense of camaraderie and sisterhood, and say what you will about the poorly thought out post-feminism of the films, you can't deny that these women each cut an extremely impressive silhouette.
While the cinematic influence of these films are well documented---directors Quentin Tarantino and Takashi Miike were both heavily influenced by them---the sartorial aspects are often overlooked. Perhaps it's because all of the films have that gritty 70's quality, replete with hot pants, synthetic fibers, and go-go gear, that reads more ghetto than glamour, especially on a bad video transfer. Nonetheless, for me, style is all about attitude, and these women have quite a bit of that to spare. I'm particularly drawn to actress Kaji Meiko, who starred as the leader of the girl gang in many of the Pinky Violence films, and is often seen wearing her trademark floppy black hat while she slices her way through her numerous foes. She's strikingly beautiful yet entirely sinister looking, and her floppy hat, which has sadly been associated with J.Lo of late, takes on the look of one of Ann Demeulemeester's Gothic drifter women. Meiko is definitely who I will be thinking of when I pick up a floppy hat this spring.
The mean girls of Lynch Law Classroom don't bother with the trash talk---they just tie their enemies up and drain them of their blood in the science lab.
Channeling Kaji at the showroom a couple of weeks ago. Wearing the Devaki floppy hat that will probably become a Spring wardrobe staple with a Balenciaga vest, Topshop Unique tank, and Zara drop crotch pants.
Warning: This clip is pretty violent, but it's completely campy, and also the most innocuous one that I could find. Meiko's outfit is impeccable, and I love how she throws her hat off when she's about to go in for the kill. If you can't stand watching the slow-paced murder sequence, make sure to cut the end to see Meiko storming the streets with her fellow female prison inmates. Even their prison uniforms are kind of cute!