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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.

Director:

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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prison | love | guard | revenge | mob | See All (89) »

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A woman betrayed and imprisoned. A mission of vengeance.

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Trivia

JOSHÛU SASORI series. #1 of 6 films. See more »

Quotes

Nami Matsushima: To be deceived is a woman's crime.
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Connections

Referenced in Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship & Videotape (2010) See more »

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Urami Bushi
Sung by Meiko Kaji
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Japanese Exploitation
17 January 2004 | by carrienationsSee all my reviews

Great Japanese exploitation story featuring the incomparable Kaji Meiko ("Lady Snowblood"). Excellent cinematography and use of set pieces as well as exaggerated angles and lighting. As enjoyable as this film is, it's not the best in the series... the second chapter, also directed by Ito Shunya and starring Kaji Meiko ("Joshuu sasori: Dai-41 zakkyo-bô", aka "Female Convict Scorpion: Jailhouse 41") is a transcendent piece of filmmaking and eclipses the first film in every regard: cinematography, locations, acting, script, and music.


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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

Company Credits

Production Co:

Toei Company See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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