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Female Prisoner Scorpion: #701's Grudge Song (1973)

Joshû sasori: 701-gô urami-bushi (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 29 December 1973 (Japan)
Once again on the lam, Matsu is helped by a strip club worker who holds a grudge against the detective who's trying to find her.

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Nami Matsushima (The Scorpion)
Masakazu Tamura ...
Yasuo Kudo
Yumi Kanei ...
Kinuyo Kodama
Hiroshi Tsukata ...
Detective Hirose
Yayoi Watanabe ...
Midori
Sanae Nakahara ...
Akiko Inagaki
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Prison guard Minamimura
Toshiyuki Hosokawa ...
Takeshi Kodama
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Junko Andô ...
Prison guard Mazaki
Kotoe Hatsui ...
Tome Kudô
Hiroshi Hijikata
Hiromi Kishi ...
Bride
Toshie Kokabu ...
Female Prisoner B
Akiko Kuji ...
Prison Guard A
Kaoru Kusuda ...
Prison director Nakasone
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Once again on the lam, Matsu is helped by a strip club worker who holds a grudge against the detective who's trying to find her.

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Nami the Scorpion is at it again...
13 November 2006 | by (Deutschland) – See all my reviews

The fourth installment in the incredible 'Female Prisoner' series, starring Meiko Kaji. Director Shunya Ito declined to direct this final part because of budget cuts. Yasuharu Hasebe takes over here, and directs a respectable final chapter to one of the most loved serials in Japanese cinema. Hasebe was also responsible for a controversial trilogy of rape themed films including "Rape! 13th Hour". His influence is seen here, as 'Grudge Song' features some over-the-top scenes of torture and rape. Of course though, not on the extreme level of his more subversive works, as I think the Scorpion series was aimed at a somewhat larger audience. This one begins with Nami on the run once again, from the angry cop that has been pursuing her through the entire series. She finds a little solace with a man (!) who hides her from the police and helps to nurse her back to health. Surprisingly, Nami allows a man to get a little close to her, however she keeps him at arms length, as she knows that no man can truly be trusted. No worries though; the film never gets bogged down by sappy romance, as that would make 'Sasori' look somehow weak. I believe she only mutters two lines of dialog to her companion throughout the film.'Grudge Song' takes a little while to pick up speed, but it surely does, just about at the halfway mark, when she is once again caught and thrown into prison. It is always a rush to see the 'Scorpion' dressed in the familiar prison stripes. I don't care how many times they do it, it never gets boring. With each passing installment Kaji seems more 'godlike'. Here she comes across as some vengeful spirit from another world. Was this sequel necessary? Not really, but who cares. A chance to experience another adventure with this amazing heroine is always welcome. If you are a fan of this series, then this film is a must. It also a good opportunity to see a film from Yasuharu Hasebe, as most of his other films are extremely hard to find. And if you are wondering if Nami puts on the black coat and hat to seek out revenge once again...She does! And this time her vengeance is more personal. Recommended!


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