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Female Prisoner Scorpion: #701's Grudge Song (1973)

Joshû sasori: 701-gô urami-bushi (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 29 December 1973 (Japan)
Once again on the lam, Matsu is helped by a strip club worker who holds a grudge against the detective who's trying to find her.

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Yasuharu Hasebe

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Yasuharu Hasebe (screenplay), Fumio Kônami (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Credited cast:
Meiko Kaji ... Nami Matsushima (The Scorpion)
Masakazu Tamura Masakazu Tamura ... Yasuo Kudo
Yumi Kanei Yumi Kanei ... Kinuyo Kodama
Hiroshi Tsukata Hiroshi Tsukata ... Detective Hirose
Yayoi Watanabe Yayoi Watanabe ... Midori
Sanae Nakahara Sanae Nakahara ... Akiko Inagaki
Akemi Negishi ... Prison guard Minamimura
Toshiyuki Hosokawa Toshiyuki Hosokawa ... Takeshi Kodama
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Junko Andô Junko Andô ... Prison guard Mazaki
Kotoe Hatsui Kotoe Hatsui ... Tome Kudô
Hiroshi Hijikata Hiroshi Hijikata
Hiromi Kishi Hiromi Kishi ... Bride
Toshie Kokabu Toshie Kokabu ... Female Prisoner B
Akiko Kuji Akiko Kuji ... Prison Guard A
Kaoru Kusuda Kaoru Kusuda ... Prison director Nakasone
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Once again on the lam, Matsu is helped by a strip club worker who holds a grudge against the detective who's trying to find her.

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Country:

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Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

29 December 1973 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Female Prisoner Scorpion: #701's Grudge Song See more »

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Toei Tokyo See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Not a great swan song for Kaji's Nami Matsushima.
17 July 2010 | by BA_HarrisonSee all my reviews

Grudge Song, Meiko Kaji's final outing as sexy female prisoner Nami Matsushima (AKA The Scorpion), opens with our beautiful anti-hero narrowly avoiding capture by the police during a wedding. Badly injured during this latest escape, our tasty fugitive breaks into a strip club where she is tended to by club employee Teruo Kudo (Masakazu Tamura), who bears a grudge against the police for torturing him when he was younger.

Grateful for his kindness, and recognising Kudo as a kindred spirit, Nami lowers her defenses and forms a relationship with the young man—but can Kudo be trusted not to betray Nami, especially when he is put under pressure by sadistic policeman Kodama (Yumi Kanei) and his brutal cohorts?

After being somewhat disappointed by director Shunya Ito's third Female Prisoner movie, Beast Stable, which I believe lacked the effortlessly cool vibe of the first two films and saw the formula becoming somewhat tired, I was excited to see that this fourth chapter for Meiko Kaji's cult character was directed by Yasuharu Hasebe, the man responsible for such delightfully depraved Pinku classics as 'Assault! Jack the Ripper' and 'Rape! 13th Hour'. Surely this guy could inject some new life into the series.

Unfortunately, Grudge Song proves to be a rather restrained affair from Hasebe, one that features little of the shocking sexual and violent content that I would normally associate with the director's work, with even the film's nastiest scene, a gang-rape, lacking his usual impact (possibly suggesting that the director was holding himself back, compelled to try and be as stylish and classy as his predecessor when dealing with such a well established franchise). Hasebe also unwisely turns Kaji's Nami into a much less sympathetic character than before, making it harder for the audience to care about her fate.

Had Hasebe given Grudge Song the same outrageous, exploitative approach that made his aforementioned titles such deviant guilty pleasures, this would have been a lot more fun, and a great way for Kaji to leave the series. Sadly, as it is, this one is my least favourite of all the Female Scorpion films.

5.5 out 10, rounded up to 6 for IMDb.


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