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Female Prisoner Scorpion: Jailhouse 41 (1972)

Joshû sasori: Dai-41 zakkyo-bô (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 30 December 1972 (Japan)
After spending a year in solitary confinement, Matsu escapes from prison with six more convicts, followed by the guards led by the vengeful warden who wants her dead at all costs.

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Matsu (Sasori)
Fumio Watanabe ...
Inspector Goda
Yukie Kagawa ...
Tomiko Yasuki
Kayoko Shiraishi ...
Hide Ôba
Eiko Yanami ...
Harue Wagatsuma
Hiroko Isayama ...
Asako Noda
Kuniko Ishii ...
Rose Miyako
Yuki Aresa ...
Kimiyo Oikawa
Hideo Murota ...
Okizaki
Kyôichi Satô ...
Tadokoro
Shinzô Hotta ...
Furuya (as Shinzo Hotta)
Fudeko Tanaka ...
The Old Woman
Hiroshi Hasegawa
Nenji Kobayashi ...
The Young Man
Kôji Miemachi
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Matsu, known to the prisoners as Scorpion, is locked away in the bowels of the prison as revenge for disrupting the smooth operation of the prison and for her disfiguring attack on the warden. Granted a one day reprieve due to the visit of a dignitary, she takes advantage and attacks the warden again. This leads to more brutal punishment and humiliation. But the punishment gives her an opportunity to escape along with six other female prisoners. Their surreal flight from prison pits the convicts against the guards, the warden and each other. Written by Anonymous

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A beautiful assault on the senses in both story and images
19 January 2001 | by (San Francisco, CA) – See all my reviews

I think the substance of the story has been well described by others already but the look of the film has only been hinted at. It's a wonderfully psychotic vision, I often sat there thinking "Where the heck is the camera? How did they get that angle?". The opening shots of Matsu and the warden in her cell were simply incredible. Throughout the film there are surreal interruptions of the narrative in a "Theatrical" style where the location turns into an obvious backdrop and the lighting becomes more intrusive. These scenes usually highlight what's happening behind the eyes of the silent Matsu.

I won't give it away, but near the end of the movie there is a transition between shots that is so incredible and unexpected that the audience broke out into applause just for a TRANSITION! If you are a fan of surreal film or 60's/70's psycho-cinema you owe it to yourself to seek out this film. It is available on DVD now as well.


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