Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!
Directed by Russ Meyer
Even if you don’t know who Tura Satana is or have never seen as much as a frame of Russ Meyer’s 1965 film, FASTER, PUSSYCAT! KILL! KILL!, you probably know the iconic image of Satana’s character, Varla, from that cult classic: the flowing black hair, the skin-tight leather outfit, those velvet gloves. From the Pussycat Dolls to John Waters’ entire cinematic output to 2016’s Netflix feature PEE-WEE’S BIG HOLIDAY, Varla has influenced a generation of outcasts who have come since.
Satana was also hapa — her father was Japanese and Filipino. As a young girl during World War II, she was interned at Manzanar and the defining moment of her life — a racially motivated gang rape at the age of 9 — set her on a path to become the defiant kickass that made Varla unforgettable. YOMYOMF is supporting an upcoming documentary about her life — to reclaim her status as one of the entertainment industry’s Asian American pioneers. YOMYOMF is also proud to partner with CAAM and the Alamo Drafthouse’s Weird Wednesday series to present FASTER, PUSSYCAT! KILL! KILL!, the film that demonstrates why Satana is an icon — for Asian Americans, for women, for outsiders and for badasses and weirdos everywhere.
— Philip Chung
Tickets available at drafthouse.com/sf
Writer: Jackie Moran
Cast: Tura Satana, Haji, Lori Williams, Ray Barlow, Sue Bernard, Michael Finn, Dennis Busch, Stuart Lancaster, Paul Trinka