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Female Prisoner Scorpion: Beast Stable (1973)

Joshuu sasori: Kemono-beya (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 29 July 1973 (Japan)
Matsu is sheltered by an incestuous prostitute on her run from the police, her ex-prison mate and a cop whose arm she hacked off.

Director:

Shun'ya Itô

Writers:

Hirô Matsuda (screenplay), Tooru Shinohara (manga)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Meiko Kaji ... Nami Matsushima (Sasori)
Mikio Narita Mikio Narita ... Detective Kondo
Reisen Ri Reisen Ri ... Katsu Samejima
Yayoi Watanabe Yayoi Watanabe ... Yuki Nakagawa
Kôji Nanbara Kôji Nanbara ... Sameshima
Seiya Satô Seiya Satô ... Takahashi
Takashi Fujiki Takashi Fujiki ... Tanida
Tomoko Mayama Tomoko Mayama ... Yasue
Mitsuru Mori Mitsuru Mori ... Shinobu
Chie Kobayashi Chie Kobayashi ... Woman in Nude Studio
Kôji Fujiyama Kôji Fujiyama ... Yamazaki
Kôji Sekiyama Kôji Sekiyama ... Yamashita
Nobuo Yana Nobuo Yana ... Adachi
Toshiyuki Tsuchiyama Toshiyuki Tsuchiyama ... Yagi
Hiroshi Date Hiroshi Date ... Sameshima's Henchman
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Storyline

Sasori is outside the prison and on the run from the police, wanted for breaking out of prison and murder. She takes refuge with a woman who has a brother with a learning disability. The woman and her brother are also involved in an incestuous relationship. Both the police and an ex-prison mate of Sasori's pursue her. Written by lament

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

29 July 1973 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Female Prisoner Scorpion: Beast Stable See more »

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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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Shunya Ito's final film of the initial trilogy, and was scripted as the finale of the Scorpion series. See more »

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Followed by Joshuu sasori: Satsujin yokoku (1991) See more »

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Kuruwase tai no
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Performed by Linda Yamamoto
Can be heard playing on Tanida's portable radio
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Third time, not so lucky.
22 July 2008 | by BA_HarrisonSee all my reviews

Fugitive prisoner Scorpion (Meiko Kaji) is on the run, pursued by a relentless, vengeful, one-armed detective named Kondo (Mikio Narita). In an attempt to 'blend in' with society, she decides to shack up with Yuki (Yayoi Watanabe), a beautiful young prostitute who lives with her mentally handicapped brother, and get a job. However, when the local prostitution ring gives poor little Yuki a very hard time, our silent heroine decides to seek revenge, and, in doing so, reveals her whereabouts to the law.

Judging by IMDb's current rating (7.6 out of 10), and some glowing comments by trusted, prolific authors, I expected to have my socks blown clean off by Female Prisoner Scorpion: Beast Stable. Indeed, the first few minutes, in which protagonist Nami Matsushima hacks off Kondo's arm (which is handcuffed to her) and proceeds to leg it with the severed limb dangling from her wrist, did just that (I paused the DVD to pop them back on).

Unfortunately, however, the remainder of the film proved to be far less impressive, never matching the sheer audacity of the opening scene. Sure, director Shunya Ito comes close with some exploitative moments including incestuous sex between Yuki and her retarded brother, and a nasty, forced abortion, but, for the most part, Beast Stable is rather boring, being very slow in the telling and uneventful for long stretches.

The film is, of course, very stylish, and always good to look at (the stunning lead actresses certainly help there, with Watanabe obligingly getting her kit off a few times), but compared with parts one and two, this third outing for Scorpion is a tad disappointing.


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