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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Nami Matsushima (aka Matsu the Scorpion)
Rie Yokoyama ... Katagiri
Yayoi Watanabe ... Yukiko Kida
Yôko Mihara ... Masaki
... Otsuka
Keiko Kuni ... Nemoto
Yumiko Katayama ... Kitô
Emi Jô ... Morikawa
Sue Mitobe ... Imune
Chie Kobayashi ... Dobashi
Rie Yuki ... Tatsuno
Hideo Murota ... Okizaki
Saburô Date ... Kaizutoshi
Shinzô Hotta ... Furuya (as Shinzo Hotta)
Yôichi Numata ... Soga
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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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JOSHÛU SASORI series. #1 of 6 films. See more »

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Nami Matsushima: To be deceived is a woman's crime.
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Followed by Female Prisoner Scorpion: Jailhouse 41 (1972) See more »

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Urami Bushi
Sung by Meiko Kaji
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Cruel and sadistic
6 February 2011 | by See all my reviews

This first installment in the Sasori (scorpion) series featuring Kaji Meiko and is much more of a exploitation movie than the follow up. That means girls running around naked in punishment for whatever lack of discipline and getting raped by idiot prison guards.

Showing the making of Matsu the vengeful prisoner, we understand her motives quite well and it turns out to be a dense action movie.

In the end though this is more or less a display of sadistic torture in both a campy way and a more artistic way. As such it is not quite my cup of tea.

Kaji Meiko is not as developed as an actress as in her later movies here, but still puts up a good show, and a brilliant antihero although inferior to the more psychedelic Jailhouse #41 follow up.


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