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Female Prisoner #701: Scorpion (1972)

Joshû 701-gô: Sasori (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 25 August 1972 (Japan)
After being used and betrayed by the detective she had fallen in love with, young Matsu is sent to a female prison full of sadistic guards and disobedient prisoners.

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Shun'ya Itô
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Meiko Kaji ... Nami Matsushima (aka Matsu the Scorpion)
Rie Yokoyama Rie Yokoyama ... Katagiri
Yayoi Watanabe Yayoi Watanabe ... Yukiko Kida
Yôko Mihara ... Masaki
Akemi Negishi ... Otsuka
Keiko Kuni Keiko Kuni ... Nemoto
Yumiko Katayama Yumiko Katayama ... Kitô
Emi Jô Emi Jô ... Morikawa
Sue Mitobe Sue Mitobe ... Imune
Chie Kobayashi Chie Kobayashi ... Dobashi
Rie Yuki Rie Yuki ... Tatsuno
Hideo Murota Hideo Murota ... Okizaki
Saburô Date ... Kaizutoshi
Shinzô Hotta Shinzô Hotta ... Furuya (as Shinzo Hotta)
Yôichi Numata Yôichi Numata ... Soga
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Storyline

After being cruelly set up and deceived by Sugimi (Natsuyagi Isao), a conniving and crooked detective she had whole-heartedly fallen in love with (and subsequently lost her virginity to...), Matsushima Nami's desire for revenge knows no bounds. Her failed attempt at stabbing Sugimi on the steps of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Headquarters results in her doing hard time in a female prison run by sadistic and horny male guards. To Sugimi's surprise, Matsushima refuses to testify against him and his connections to the mob, and now the sheer fact that she knows such secrets makes her a liability. So Sugimi and the Japanese mafia orchestrate a plan whereby Matsushima will succumb to an "accidental" death in prison. They enlist the help of Kagiri, another female inmate with ties to both Sugimi and the mafia, thus their formidable plan is quickly set in motion. Little do they realize, however, how hotly Matsushima's desire for revenge burns within her. Written by inferno

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

25 August 1972 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Female Prisoner #701: Scorpion See more »

Filming Locations:

Japan

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Toei Company See more »
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Mono

Color:

Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Japanese director Sion Sono references this series in many of his movies: Lady Scorpion from Love Exposure, art-house horror elements in Exte: Hair Extensions, and revenge sexual torture in Guilty of Romance. See more »

Quotes

Nami Matsushima: To be deceived is a woman's crime.
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Referenced in Fear, Panic & Censorship (2000) See more »

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Urami Bushi
Sung by Meiko Kaji
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Well made W.I.P. flick
18 June 2004 | by alansmithee04See all my reviews

Shunya Ito's debut film hits all the genre highlights of your standard Babes Behind Bars flick, but does it so much better than any other exploitation pic of the era.

Action queen Meiko Kaji stars the unbreakable "Scorpion." Betrayed by her slimy police detective lover Sugimi (Isao Natsuyagi), she winds up in a brutal prison run by the evil bureaucrat Goda (every directors favorite badguy Fumio Watanabe) where she endures tortures that would have reduced Cool Hand Luke to jelly in about five minutes.

A solid cast, excellent direction and occasionally brilliant cinematography make this perhaps the second best W.I.P. movie ever made. For the best, you'll have to see the sequel, "Jailhouse 41."


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