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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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Shun'ya Itô
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Meiko Kaji ... Matsu (Sasori)
Fumio Watanabe ... Inspector Goda
Yukie Kagawa Yukie Kagawa ... Tomiko Yasuki
Kayoko Shiraishi Kayoko Shiraishi ... Hide Ôba
Eiko Yanami Eiko Yanami ... Harue Wagatsuma
Hiroko Isayama Hiroko Isayama ... Asako Noda
Kuniko Ishii Kuniko Ishii ... Rose Miyako
Yuki Aresa Yuki Aresa ... Kimiyo Oikawa
Hideo Murota Hideo Murota ... Okizaki
Kyôichi Satô Kyôichi Satô ... Tadokoro
Shinzô Hotta Shinzô Hotta ... Furuya (as Shinzo Hotta)
Fudeko Tanaka Fudeko Tanaka ... The Old Woman
Hiroshi Hasegawa Hiroshi Hasegawa
Nenji Kobayashi Nenji Kobayashi ... The Young Man
Kôji Miemachi Kôji Miemachi
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Storyline

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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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

30 December 1972 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Female Convict Scorpion Jailhouse 41 See more »

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Toei Company See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The Scorpion female lead in this film was the inspiration for Lucy Lu's character Oren Ishi from the Kill Bill movie series See more »

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Dark, Grim and Surreal
17 September 2000 | by jmaruyamaSee all my reviews

If looks could kill, then Meiko Kaji would win hands down. The Toei Series Joshu Sasori (aka Female Convict Scorpion) is based on a 70's comic series which ran in the Japanese Adult Manga Magazine Big Comics. Joshu Sasori Dai 41 Zakkyobou (Female Convict Scorpion-Jailhouse 41) is the second movie of the series (Kaji would star in two additional sequels). Matsu (Meiko Kaji) is the Scorpion of the title and is the near silent heroine of the movie. In classic Japanese exploitation fashion she is subjected to all sorts of cruelty and punishment at the hands of a sadistic prison warden and his equally sinister underlings. Matsu as we learn in narration was wrongly imprisoned and must fight to survive and escape imprisonment. During the course of the movie She joins a gang of other female convicts and escapes from prison. The gang creates all sorts of violent mayhem with Matsu silently watching on. Very bloody, grim and violent, Jailhouse 41 is atypical of the violent, sexploitation movies Toei released during the '70s. Directory Shunya Ito presents the movie in a surreal narrative that is both haunting and inventive. Kaji is captivating as the heroine although her character allows little for her to develop. For those who are fans of girls-in-prison movies this may be your cup of tea. On the other hand for those who are wanting more story and character development you might be better served to avoid this.


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