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Female Prisoner Scorpion: Beast Stable (1973)

Joshuu sasori: Kemono-beya (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 29 July 1973 (Japan)
Matsu is sheltered by an incestuous prostitute on her run from the police, her ex-prison mate and a cop whose arm she hacked off.

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Nami Matsushima (Sasori)
Mikio Narita ...
Detective Kondo
Reisen Ri ...
Katsu Samejima
Yayoi Watanabe ...
Yuki Nakagawa
Kôji Nanbara ...
Sameshima
Seiya Satô ...
Takahashi
Takashi Fujiki ...
Tanida
Tomoko Mayama ...
Yasue
Mitsuru Mori ...
Shinobu
Chie Kobayashi ...
Woman in Nude Studio
Kôji Fujiyama ...
Yamazaki
Kôji Sekiyama ...
Yamashita
Nobuo Yana ...
Adachi
Toshiyuki Tsuchiyama ...
Yagi
Hiroshi Date ...
Sameshima's Henchman
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Sasori is outside the prison and on the run from the police, wanted for breaking out of prison and murder. She takes refuge with a woman who has a brother with a learning disability. The woman and her brother are also involved in an incestuous relationship. Both the police and an ex-prison mate of Sasori's pursue her. Written by lament

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Follows Female Prisoner Scorpion: Jailhouse 41 (1972) See more »

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Kuruwase tai no
(uncredited)
Performed by Linda Yamamoto
Can be heard playing on Tanida's portable radio
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Another excellent entry in the series
12 February 2008 | by See all my reviews

The original Female Convict Scorpion is an all time masterpiece. The first sequel, Jailhouse 41, was not quite as good in my opinion, though it's still notable for the fact that it took the idea from the original and created something in a completely different style. Director Shunya Ito has managed to do the same thing again with this film; the story is a bit different here, but still he's managed to take what made the previous entries excellent and better than many films of this type and craft something fairly original around it. Again the action focuses on Nami Matsushima (a.k.a. "Scorpion") and this time she's out of the jailhouse and not too keen on the idea of going back. After escaping from pursuing police officers, one thing leads to another and Scorpion finds herself getting it together with a prostitute and her retarded brother. The prostitute ends up getting impregnated by the retarded brother (...), while Scorpion is kidnapped and caged up by someone who she made an enemy out of in prison. But Scorpion doesn't like spending time behind bars and it's not long before she's back to doing what she does best.

The film gets off to a great start as we see Scorpion hack the arm off a copper intent on taking her back to jail. From there, however, the film slows down a lot and Beast Stable ends up being more of a drama than the previous two films. That's not to say that there isn't still plenty of action - Scorpion still spends a lot of time in 'revenge mode' and the film isn't exactly short on general sleaze. Meiko Kaji once again reprises her role as the sinister title character and it's another understated, almost wordless performance. Her screen presence is great, however and she manages to have a menacing presence despite being only small physically. The plot structure for this film is similar to the other two in that it all builds into a crescendo of revenge. There are more people who have angered Scorpion in this film than in the previous two so this section takes up a fairly large part of the film. There's a few surreal sequences, not as many as in the first film and nowhere near as in the second, but the film stays in with the rest of the series on that point. Overall, I would say this film is between the first two in terms of quality - not as great as the original and slightly better than the second.


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