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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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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

30 December 1972 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Female Convict Scorpion Jailhouse 41 See more »

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Toei Company See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

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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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More than decent follow up to the masterpiece original
21 January 2008 | by The_VoidSee all my reviews

I saw the fantastic Female Prisoner #701 Scorpion recently and was thoroughly impressed by it. Jailhouse #41 is the first sequel to said masterpiece and sees the successful reunion of director Shunya Ito and star Meiko Kaji. I'm guessing that the first film was a big success in its native Japan (and rightly so) as the pair obviously wasted no time in making this sequel, seeing as it was released the very same year! The two films have obvious similarities and follow something like the same plot formula, but the two couldn't be much different in terms of style as while the first film was your 'by the book' women in prison flick, this one takes a more risky approach! The film starts as the last one left off with a scene that sees our heroine Matsu (a.k.a. Scorpion) being tortured by the merciless prison guards - lead by the one eyed guard that Matsu had a hand in disfiguring in the first film. She's brought out of the dungeon to attend the visit of a high ranking official, but after a riot breaks out, Matsu takes her chance to escape along with six other prisoners...

As was the case with the first film, this one excellently straddles the line between trash and art. The story and the action is largely very sleazy, but it's shot in such an artful way that you'd be forgiven for thinking otherwise. The sleaze comes mostly by way of character actions and violence rather than nudity - of which there is very little. The film is not as bloody as the first film either, though the focus here seems to be more on surreal hallucinations and the film features plenty! I'm undecided as to how much I liked this element of the film, although the hallucination sequences are largely very memorable and serve in giving the film its own unique style. Meiko Kaji excellently steps back into her role, and this time she is required to look daggers more often and speak less often as she has very few words in the film. She fits the role like a glove, however, and is easily one of the main standouts of the film. The revenge theme goes on throughout once again, and climaxes well (although familiarly) at the end. Overall, I can't say that I liked this film as much as the original; but it's certainly a good follow up and comes recommended to anyone who enjoyed the first in the series.


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