by Chris MaGee
I grew up near a Catholic girl's school, Madonna Catholic Secondary School to be exact, and... well, they were known to have a good drama program and I think they had a pretty good soccer team and there was a rumour that the girl's who went there were a bit easy, although I think that was more just wishful thinking on the part of us teenage boys, but I don't seem to remember them ever indulging in any bloody martial arts bouts, and I certainly don't remember any of them ever carrying a katana sword. Of course if you watch films like Kenta Fukasaku's "Yo-Yo Girl Cop", Isao Kaneko's "The Masked Girl" or even Mototsuge Watanabe's pinku eiga "Sexy Battle Girls" you'd think that all high school girls kept a ninja star and a pair of nunchucks tucked under their pleated skirts.
Now Yutaka Tsurita has another film for all you fans of violent, battling teenage girls. "Hana no Asuka-gumi NEO!" is based on the FujiTV series ""Hana no Asuka-gumi (Flowers of the Asuka Gang)" which in turn was based on the Satosumi Takaguchi manga which ran from 1985 to 1995. The series followed the violent exploits of high schooler Asuka Kuraku and now the film, due out in Japan on April 25th, continues her story with 16-year-old actress Yuko Takayama taking on the role. This time out Asuka tries to get to the bottom of the proliferation of an addictive candy that has the nasty side effect of making anyone who eats it want to kill themselves. I mean of course Asuka would be pissed off about a candy like that! It's her job to kill people! Geez... Get it straight!
Nippon Cinema has got the trailer for "Hana no Asuka-gumi NEO!" here for any of you with a delinquent high school girl fetish. Thanks to CinemaCafe.net for the above promo still from the film.