June 1, 2010

Playgirl




Playgirl (1969)

Japanese all girl detective series "Playgirl" from 1969.

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0782508/

Youtube clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K9R9HHi2fKY

Amazon japan link

Amazingly, the Toei produced, TV Tokyo (Tokyo Channel 12) Japanese Detective series "Playgirl" pre-dates "Charlie's Angels" by a good six years yet the similarities are almost too uncanny and eerily similar....when a wealthy mystery novelist and independently wealthy socialite Makoto Masako decides to start a business she settles upon a unique Insurance & Investigation Service.

Recruiting a number of beautiful "thrill seeking" amateur detectives, and setting up shop in a fabulous Tokyo apartment/office Masako and company form the "PLAYGIRL(s)" as they affectionately call themselves.

Masako and her "daughters" begin investigating various interesting cases and mysteries on behalf of their company's benefactors. While the bulk of their cases involve solving insurance scams, white collar crimes, fraud, white slavery, robbery and other assorted organized criminal ventures, some of their cases bordered on the bizarre and strange ( i.e. battling ghosts). Review by jmaruyama

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