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Female Prisoner #701: Scorpion (1972)

Joshû 701-gô: Sasori (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 25 August 1972 (Japan)
After being used and betrayed by the detective she had fallen in love with, young Matsu is sent to a female prison full of sadistic guards and disobedient prisoners.

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Shun'ya Itô
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Meiko Kaji ... Nami Matsushima (aka Matsu the Scorpion)
Rie Yokoyama Rie Yokoyama ... Katagiri
Yayoi Watanabe Yayoi Watanabe ... Yukiko Kida
Yôko Mihara ... Masaki
Akemi Negishi ... Otsuka
Keiko Kuni Keiko Kuni ... Nemoto
Yumiko Katayama Yumiko Katayama ... Kitô
Emi Jô Emi Jô ... Morikawa
Sue Mitobe Sue Mitobe ... Imune
Chie Kobayashi Chie Kobayashi ... Dobashi
Rie Yuki Rie Yuki ... Tatsuno
Hideo Murota Hideo Murota ... Okizaki
Saburô Date ... Kaizutoshi
Shinzô Hotta Shinzô Hotta ... Furuya (as Shinzo Hotta)
Yôichi Numata Yôichi Numata ... Soga
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Storyline

After being cruelly set up and deceived by Sugimi (Natsuyagi Isao), a conniving and crooked detective she had whole-heartedly fallen in love with (and subsequently lost her virginity to...), Matsushima Nami's desire for revenge knows no bounds. Her failed attempt at stabbing Sugimi on the steps of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Headquarters results in her doing hard time in a female prison run by sadistic and horny male guards. To Sugimi's surprise, Matsushima refuses to testify against him and his connections to the mob, and now the sheer fact that she knows such secrets makes her a liability. So Sugimi and the Japanese mafia orchestrate a plan whereby Matsushima will succumb to an "accidental" death in prison. They enlist the help of Kagiri, another female inmate with ties to both Sugimi and the mafia, thus their formidable plan is quickly set in motion. Little do they realize, however, how hotly Matsushima's desire for revenge burns within her. Written by inferno

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

25 August 1972 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Female Prisoner #701: Scorpion See more »

Filming Locations:

Japan

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Production Co:

Toei Company See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Japanese director Sion Sono references this series in many of his movies: Lady Scorpion from Love Exposure, art-house horror elements in Exte: Hair Extensions, and revenge sexual torture in Guilty of Romance. See more »

Quotes

Nami Matsushima: To be deceived is a woman's crime.
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Connections

Followed by New Female Prisoner Scorpion: Special Cellblock X (1977) See more »

Soundtracks

Urami Bushi
Sung by Meiko Kaji
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The Seminal WiP Film
7 August 2016 | by mevmijaumauSee all my reviews

The Women in Prison exploitation sub-genre, like many others, found its way to Japan in the '70s, resulting in probably the most well made prisonsploitation series of films to ever grace the screen. It's the Female Prisoner Scorpion series, a pinky violence extravaganza starring the badass Meiko Kaji as the stoic vengeful lady who can't keep herself from getting imprisoned. Kaji signed with the Toei studio in order to avoid having to do pinku films for Nikkatsu, but in this film she nevertheless appears naked, while her character suffers some heavy abuse so I imagine filming some of these scenes must have been a bit stressful.

This is essentially a revenge tale peppered with gore, heavy nudity and some almost surreal moments which showcase the high production value this film had going for it. All kinds of weird colors and gruesome deaths find their way into this film, with Meiko Kaji's awesome theme song "Urami bushi" playing on top of it all. This is a highly imaginative and entertaining WiP film and one of the best Japanese exploitation films.


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