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Female Prisoner Scorpion: Jailhouse 41 (1972)

Joshû sasori: Dai-41 zakkyo-bô (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 30 December 1972 (Japan)
After spending a year in solitary confinement, Matsu escapes from prison with six more convicts, followed by the guards led by the vengeful warden who wants her dead at all costs.

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Shun'ya Itô
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Meiko Kaji ... Matsu (Sasori)
Fumio Watanabe Fumio Watanabe ... Inspector Goda
Yukie Kagawa Yukie Kagawa ... Tomiko Yasuki
Kayoko Shiraishi Kayoko Shiraishi ... Hide Ôba
Eiko Yanami Eiko Yanami ... Harue Wagatsuma
Hiroko Isayama Hiroko Isayama ... Asako Noda
Kuniko Ishii Kuniko Ishii ... Rose Miyako
Yuki Aresa Yuki Aresa ... Kimiyo Oikawa
Hideo Murota Hideo Murota ... Okizaki
Kyôichi Satô Kyôichi Satô ... Tadokoro
Shinzô Hotta Shinzô Hotta ... Furuya (as Shinzo Hotta)
Fudeko Tanaka Fudeko Tanaka ... The Old Woman
Hiroshi Hasegawa Hiroshi Hasegawa
Nenji Kobayashi Nenji Kobayashi ... The Young Man
Kôji Miemachi Kôji Miemachi
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Matsu, known to the prisoners as Scorpion, is locked away in the bowels of the prison as revenge for disrupting the smooth operation of the prison and for her disfiguring attack on the warden. Granted a one day reprieve due to the visit of a dignitary, she takes advantage and attacks the warden again. This leads to more brutal punishment and humiliation. But the punishment gives her an opportunity to escape along with six other female prisoners. Their surreal flight from prison pits the convicts against the guards, the warden and each other. Written by Anonymous

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

30 December 1972 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Female Convict Scorpion Jailhouse 41 See more »

Filming Locations:

Japan See more »

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Production Co:

Toei Company See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The Scorpion female lead in this film was the inspiration for Lucy Lu's character Oren Ishi from the Kill Bill movie series See more »

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Followed by Shin joshû Sasori: 701-gô (1976) See more »

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Amazingly Beautiful and Funny... Evil Dead meets Stalag-17
22 November 2000 | by Tom-116See all my reviews

It's difficult to describe a movie like Female Convict Scorpion Jailhouse 41. First let me say that I saw it in a film class that concentrates on the visual styles of several films. In this same class I have seen Touch of Evil and several other "classics." I was amazed to see that this film only had 6 votes(7 including mine), so I had to add my own comment.

This film is masterfully shot in a classic Japanese style that emphazises color and full use of the widescreen presentation. The film also has a bit of a campiness to it that adds a flavor that is unusual for a foreign film. Most foreign films that are thought of as being campy usually are just not well done. This is not the case with Female Convict Scorpion Jailhouse 41. The campiness that I refer to is the same campiness that has made the Evil Dead series such a success. Exaggeration of many shots and the characters themselves.

The story itself is very unique, following a group of escape female convicts lead by an awesome character named Scorpion. The filmmakers gave her a near godlike respect when shooting her, and she is very well developed even though she doesn't speak. She doesn't speak because she knows that actions speak louder than words.

Anyway, I highly recommend this film for anyone who is a fan of foreign films, and I also recommend it to those who like stories based on comic books. I believe that this film is based on a series of Japanese comics; it is put together like a comic book, so it is obvious that many shots and the story are out of this world, as movies such as The Matrix have proved to the main-stream audience.


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