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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 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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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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

Followed by Female Prisoner Scorpion: #701's Grudge Song (1973) See more »

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Urami Bushi
Sung by Meiko Kaji
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Women In Prison Genre Done Right
7 August 2016 | by petermcknSee all my reviews

The woman in prison exploitation sub-genre doesn't exactly have the best reputation for example Bare behind bars and SS experiment love camp comes to mind but this is something different. Firstly It feels more like an art film by the way its shot. It uses interesting compositions and at lighting. The nudity in the film doesn't feel like its sexual well to me anyway maybe a sadist would see it differently. The initial rape scene in the film is done so it's not too graphic and hard to watch similar to the one seen in Lady Snowblood. On top of all that the writing is terrific, the motivation of the Sasori isn't revenge for the rape. It's revenge for the double crossing which drives her to put up with the struggles of prison life so that she might get out. What i love about the main character is that she hardly talks throughout the film and does all the communicating with her eyes. Which leaves you guessing what she will do next. The music is great and the movie is action packed with a satisfying ending the only part that didn't seem right was the random Lesbian scene which felt out of place but they justify it later. so give it a watch you won't be disappointed.


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