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29 December 1973 (Japan) See more »
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  (in credits order)
Meiko Kaji ... Nami Matsushima (The Scorpion)
Masakazu Tamura ... 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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Junko Andô ... Prison guard Mazaki
Kotoe Hatsui ... Tome Kudô
Hiromi Kishi ... Bride
Toshie Kokabu ... Female Prisoner B
Akiko Kuji ... Prison Guard A
Kaoru Kusuda ... Prison director Nakasone
Akiko Mori ... Chief guard Daimon
Masumi Nadachi ... Female Prisoner A
Fumie Shô ... Female Prisoner F
Kiyome Takemura ... Female Prisoner C
Yuko Tazawa ... Female Prisoner E
Midori Yamamoto ... Female Prisoner D
Rie Yoshida ... Prison Guard B
Tetsuya Ôshita ... Detective Takai
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Directed by
Yasuharu Hasebe 
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Tooru Shinohara  comic

Original Music by
Hajime Kaburagi 
Cinematography by
Hanjirô Nakazawa 
Film Editing by
Tomio Fukuda 
Production Design by
Hiroshi Kitagawa 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Yutaka Kohira .... chief assistant director

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Japan:89 min
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Urami-iiiii-bushi!, 5 February 2008
Author: Bensch from Salzburg, Austria

The fourth and final of the brilliant original "Sasori" films with the unrivaled Meiko Kaji, "Joshuu Sasori: 701-gô urami-bushi" aka. "Female Prisoner Scorpion: 701's Grudge Song" was directed by Yasuharu Hasebe instead of genius director Shunya Ito, who had directed the three ingenious predecessors. Even this fourth "Sasori" flick does not quite reach the brilliance of its predecessors (all three of which are unique and unrivaled masterpieces of Exploitation cinema), "Grudge Song" still outshines almost any other film of the WIP ("Women In Prison") sub-genre by a thousand times. What makes this a little less brilliant than its predecessors is probably the replacement of Shunya Ito as a director. Ito had a great passion (and a great talent) for the use of surrealism, and Yasuharo Hasebe obviously preferred to use these elements to a lesser extent. The first three "Sasori" films were THE proof that making Exploitation and Art-house cinema at the same time was possible, and while "Grudge Song" still is a wonderful example of Exploitation-Art, it does not quite live up to the brilliance of the iconic original "Joshuu 701-gô: Sasori" and the ingeniously surreal sequels "Jailhouse 41" and the third masterpiece "Beast Stable", which is arguably the greatest of them all. Nevertheless, this fourth "Sasori" film is an absolute must-see for any fan of Exploitation and serious lover of film in general, that delivers pure brilliance in many aspects.

While Meiko Kaji's character Nami Matsushima aka. "Sasori" was mainly looking for revenge in the first film, the films become more and more political throughout the series. "Grudge Song" is again full of social criticism and broaches issues such as poverty, police brutality, rebellion and the death penalty. The film once again features a lot of violence, as well as very artistic elements. The beautiful Meiko Kaji once again brilliant in the role of Sasori, I just cannot praise this great actress enough. The rest of the performances are also great, and the the film once again has "Urami-Bushi", which Kaji sings, as the main theme song. The photography is also amazing, the film is visually stunning throughout its 89 minutes.

Though it doesn't quite reach the brilliance of its predecessors "Grudge Song" is definitely also an excellent slice of Exploitation-Art and a must-see for every serious lover of cult-cinema in general and J-Exploitation in particular.

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