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

Joshû sasori: 701-gô urami-bushi (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Thriller, Crime | 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)
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Yasuo Kudo
Yumi Kanei ...
Kinuyo Kodama
Hiroshi Tsukata ...
Detective Hirose
Yayoi Watanabe ...
Midori
Sanae Nakahara ...
Akiko Inagaki
Akemi Negishi ...
Prison guard Minamimura
Toshiyuki Hosokawa ...
Takeshi Kodama
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Prison guard Mazaki
Kotoe Hatsui ...
Tome Kudô
Hiroshi Hijikata
Hiromi Kishi ...
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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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Excellent climax to a great exploitation series
15 February 2008 | by (Beverley Hills, England) – See all my reviews

Grudge Song is the last entry in the "official" Female Convict Scorpion series and is often considered lesser to the other three. This is true, it's not quite as good as those that went before it; but even so, the film is certainly a worthy entry. Grudge Song is directed by Yasuharu Hasebe, as opposed to Shunya Ito who directed the first three. That doesn't really affect the quality, however, as the new director adequately emulates the style of the previous ones and the film certainly fits into the series well. The first three films all had different styles, though this one seems to take the most influence from the one that came directly before it, 'Beast Stable' as the action is fairly slow. The plot once again focuses on the quiet dark haired lunatic that goes by the name 'Scorpion'. She's still on the run and after a run-in with the cops, finds herself injured. She's helped by a young man who takes her in, gives her shelter and forms an alliance with her. However, after another run in with the cops; he's captured and finds himself with a dilemma...

This film is not as surreal as the previous entries as the new director seems to prefer a more direct and exploitative approach, and that's OK with me. The surreal elements are what made the previous films what they are in a way, but I've come to expect a different thing each time from this series so I don't mind that change in style here. Meiko Kaji once again takes the central role and once again does excellently with it. She doesn't say a lot as is usually the case, but she looks so sinister and this is what really makes her performances in these films. This film has less of a revenge theme and more of a political one and it works fairly well. The violence is still the main focal point for me, but this film probably has a bit more 'meat' on it than the previous three. There's still plenty of room for what Scorpion does best, and those hoping to see her get revenge on people won't be disappointed as she certainly gets it once again. Overall, this film is not as great as the fantastic original; but it still fits into the series nicely and overall I'd say it's on par with the three sequels. Recommended!


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