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Female Prisoner Scorpion: Jailhouse 41 (1972)

Joshû sasori: Dai-41 zakkyo-bô (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 30 December 1972 (Japan)
After spending a year in solitary confinement, Matsu escapes from prison with six more convicts, followed by the guards led by the vengeful warden who wants her dead at all costs.

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Matsu (Sasori)
Fumio Watanabe ...
Inspector Goda
Yukie Kagawa ...
Tomiko Yasuki
Kayoko Shiraishi ...
Hide Ôba
Eiko Yanami ...
Harue Wagatsuma
Hiroko Isayama ...
Asako Noda
Kuniko Ishii ...
Rose Miyako
Yuki Aresa ...
Kimiyo Oikawa
Hideo Murota ...
Okizaki
Kyôichi Satô ...
Tadokoro
Shinzô Hotta ...
Furuya (as Shinzo Hotta)
Fudeko Tanaka ...
The Old Woman
Hiroshi Hasegawa
Nenji Kobayashi ...
The Young Man
Kôji Miemachi
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Matsu, known to the prisoners as Scorpion, is locked away in the bowels of the prison as revenge for disrupting the smooth operation of the prison and for her disfiguring attack on the warden. Granted a one day reprieve due to the visit of a dignitary, she takes advantage and attacks the warden again. This leads to more brutal punishment and humiliation. But the punishment gives her an opportunity to escape along with six other female prisoners. Their surreal flight from prison pits the convicts against the guards, the warden and each other. Written by Anonymous

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Followed by Joshuu sasori: Satsujin yokoku (1991) See more »

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Even less exploitive than the previous
7 August 2016 | by (scotland) – See all my reviews

Considered by most as the pinnacle of the series Meiko Kaji revises her role as prisoner 701: scorpion. She has become a bit of legend in prison as she has been kept underground for over a year in solitary. The cycloptic warden ( whom blames her for the loss of his eye) is being promoted and has an example made of her consisting of 4 people raping her in front of the other prisoners. She is then transported to another prison with several other prisoners whilst on route they escape thus the story begins.

The film focus even more on the art-house area of the film with underlying themes of feminism, human rights and is quite psychedelic in parts which can be expected from an early 70s film. The nudity is toned down a lot but there is still enough violence and action to keep people entertained throughout and quite a few twists. Sasori speaks even less than in the previous film uttering only a few lines throughout the film. Its highly enjoyable and well written and beautifully shot i particularly liked the waterfall of blood which was done with practical effects and looks great it is quite similar to Suspiria in terms of lighting but I actually enjoy this more. so check it out if you haven't already.


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