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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 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

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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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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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Referenced in Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship & Videotape (2010) See more »

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Urami Bushi
Sung by Meiko Kaji
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Another Great Japanese Exploit/Pinky Film...
8 February 2006 | by EVOL666See all my reviews

I'm really starting to love this era in Japanese exploit film-making. As of this writing I've only seen slightly more than a handful of these films, but they all tend to be top-notch. I end up saying the same things about all of them, and FEMALE PRISONER SCORPION is not much different - excellent sets, interesting and deep story lines, good acting, beautiful camera-work - all the sorts of things that you wouldn't expect to see in an exploitation film, but the Japanese did it consistently in those days spawning plenty of truly excellent trash films...

The FEMALE PRISONER in question is a nice girl who just had a run of bad luck. Her scumbag boyfriend is an overly ambitious cop who uses her as bait in trying to bust a crime ring. When the bust goes to hell, the criminals and the ever chivalrous boyfriend/cop make a deal to hang homegirl out to dry. She ends up in jail and after a failed jailbreak, is abused in all kinds of fun and sleazy ways. A riot eventually ensues in the jail and this time our heroine makes it out to seek revenge on the man who scorned her...

I have to honestly say that FEMALE PRISONER is not quite as compelling and "beautiful" as say, LADY SNOWBLOOD (who is also played by our leading lady in this film...), or maybe SCHOOL OF THE HOLY BEAST, but it is still a very enjoyable, artfully sleazy film that definitely holds up on it's own. Recommended to fans of any Japanese exploit/pinky film - this one won't disappoint. 8.5/10


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