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Hirô Matsuda (screenplay)
Tooru Shinohara (comic)
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29 July 1973 (Japan) See more »
Sasori is outside the prison and on the run from the police, wanted for breaking out of prison and murder... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Meiko Kaji ... 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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tako Hachirô ... Visitor
Emi Jô ... Woman in Nude Studio
Kazuko Kamei ... Woman in Nude Studio
Osamu Kimura ... Policeman
Kôji Sawada ... Sameshima's Henchman
Bun'ei Shô ... Woman in Nude Studio
Masami Sôda ... Woman in Nude Studio
Takashi Takano ... Prison Guard
Tomotaka Ueda ... Detective
Kôichi Yamada ... Detective

Directed by
Shunya Itô 
Writing credits
Hirô Matsuda (screenplay)

Tooru Shinohara (comic)

Original Music by
Shunsuke Kikuchi 
Film Editing by
Osamu Tanaka 
Production Design by
Tadayuki Kuwana 

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Also Known As:
"Joshuu sasori: Kemono-beya" - Japan (original title)
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Japan:87 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Canada:16+ (Québec) | Germany:18 | UK:18 (2007) | USA:Not Rated

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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Bird of Prey ... Bird of Retaliation ..., 12 March 2008
Author: Coventry from the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls

Since the past couple of days I'm really hooked on the "Female Scorpion" series and I keep hitting myself over the head because I waited until now – which is way too long – before purchasing the whole box set. "Beast Stable" is the third brilliant effort in a row, and the undeniably main trump of this series is how the writers always came up with something entirely new and different for each installment. Never before, or after, has there been an exploitation series that offered so much variety when it comes to story lines, settings, themes and filming styles. The original more or less qualified as a so-called "Women-in-Prison" flick (but already an atypical one), but you can't possibly categorize parts 2 and 3 as such, since they hardly feature any footage within prison walls. And the overall tone and atmosphere keeps changing with each new episode as well. The first film was harsh and gritty, whereas the second was psychedelic and part three is almost mainly melodramatic. Don't let this last description discourage you, however, as "Beast Stable" still features more than enough exploitative themes and disturbing footage in spite of the dramatic ambiance. The opening sequence, for example, is downright fantastic. Sasori, still a fugitive from the law, literally chops her way to freedom on the subway when there's no other possibility than to cut off the arm of the persistent policeman that handcuffed her. Her run through the city with the cut-off arm dangling on hers while the credits appear on screen, accompanied by the familiar theme song, is just pure and genuine exploitation gold! The story compellingly continues with our heroine desperately trying to lead an anonymous life in the big city, but the poor thing simply can't escape her past or even new types of agony. Sasori befriends a prostitute, though without exchanging dialog, and takes on a job in a sewing atelier. Her own retarded brother (!) impregnates the prostitute, while Sasori gets in trouble with the local pimping and underground crime network. She cleverly prevents a thug from taking advantage of her body, encounters a former enemy from prison and furiously avenges one of the prostitutes when she gets submitted to a barbaric abortion. Meanwhile, the one-armed cop continues to obsessively prowl the streets, looking for retribution against Sasori. Our multi-talented director Shunya Ito formidably criss-crosses all these story lines to a powerful wholesome and never once loses grip on the visual aspects or ingenious filming style. "Beast Stable" features some of the most impressive compositions and ingenious camera angles you can imagine, the editing is flawless and the exterior locations are effectively depressing. Those who know Sasori's character a bit are aware that the film seriously lacks memorable dialogs, but this always gets widely compensated with Meiko Kaji's wondrous on screen charisma and menacing grimaces. There's very little sleaze, apart from the aforementioned incestuous sub plot, but the brief flashes of extreme violence are terrific and the twisted ending is almost too brilliant for words. In fact, I think part three might just be the greatest (or at least, my favorite) one of the series so far. My only small and totally irrelevant point of criticism is regarding the ridiculous sounds one of the birds produces when Sasori is locked up in a cage. That bird sounds like a ventriloquist's dummy with stomach cramps.

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