Bloody Territories & Stray Cat Rock: Sex Hunter
by Derek Hill
Yasuharu Hasebe got his start working with famed and notoriously iconoclastic director Seijun Suzuki, among others. Later, Hasebe got a chance to direct his first film for Nikkatsu in 1966, Black Tight Killers. In the following years, he made a series of action films for the studio, including the very successful youth-oriented Stray Cat Rock series, which mixed in a little sex, drugs, and rock 'n roll into the mix. Hasebe's fate and notoriety may have been sealed with his violent pink films, but his talent as a director of action films is arguably more representative of his cinematic legacy.