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Rating: 8 stars


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Seen on: 07/03/2017

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Female Prisoner Scorpion: Jailhouse 41 (1972)

Directed by Shunya Ito

Crime | Thriller | Drama


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 oppurtunity to escape along with six other female prisoners. Their surreal flight from prison pits the convicts against the guards, the warden and each other.

Length 90 minutes


Gôzô Sôma | Hôsei Komatsu | Yukie Kagawa | Hiroko Isayama | Yuki Arasa | Kayoko Shiraishi | Fumio Watanabe | Meiko Kaji

Viewing Notes

Finally cracked into my Female Prisoner Scorpion blu-ray set from Arrow to finish the night on a high note (Meiko Kaji).

I don’t think Meiko says one word during this film. Maybe she does early on but at some point past the halfway mark I started really paying attention to whether she would speak. This is a brilliant role in that everything she does is conveyed by her expression. And she’s fierce as fuck. Also the lurid colors counterbalance the neutral prison tones. This is a wild film that is doing a lot with very little. I love it.


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