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Female Prisoner #701: Scorpion is Jailhouse Rock for the stay-at-home generation: an amphetamine-fueled descent into the humid cells of a women's lock-up. High-pulse nymphomania, bone-shattering violence, and a gruesomely gynaecological approach to torture rear their collective head in the workyard, in the cafeteria, ... and in the showers of this messed-up big-house -- more akin to a hen-house where all types of filthy birds come to roost. Take Meiko Kaji for instance (sex-kitten eminence of the Stray Cat Rock and Lady Snowblood series) -- she's serving time as a result of circumstances that went a little, well ... beyond her control. But whether she's tied down or chained up, Kaji (a.k.a. Nami 'Matsu the Scorpion' Matsushima) knows how to channel her sense of vengeance into that delta-sized libidinal urge known by any prison-vixen of the sensational '70s -- and thereby makes the most of her incarceration.

Those who value balanced brain-chemistry and a regular heart-rate, approach Female Convict Scorpion: Jailhouse 41 with extreme caution. For within this film lie feral sex, hyper-violence, impulsive lesbian orgies, mock crucifixions. Spoons sharpened into shivs. Eye-melting depictions of the most shockingly jagged DIY abortions. Filmed in colours that tilt without warning from ashen, pale shades into scrambled, lurid hues, Female Convict Scorpion: Jailhouse 41 brings the characters from Tooru Shinohara’s popular manga to genital-swinging life. The storyline assumes the form of a quest for vengeance by a woman imprisoned — but director Shunya Itô’s images and the singular star-presence of Meiko Kaji (Stray Cat Rock, Lady Snowblood) combine to transcend a common B-film revenge-tale and take on an execution that is unadulterated IMPACT. Although conceived as a follow-up to Itô’s Female Prisoner #701: Scorpion, Female Convict Scorpion: Jailhouse 41 can nonetheless be enjoyed and obsessed over as a stand-alone achievement, a unique totem for the annals of 1970s Japanese cine-exploitation. It’s in this instalment that full-blown artifice locks horns with psychosexual horror — before collapsing in a pile of offal, wearing the grin of a gassed corpse. Prepare yourself for lock-down.

An avenging angel... or a seductive siren? Conceive of her as you like — either way, she walks alone, this woman wronged by the world... this Scorpion with a taste for vengeance! — Beware her clitoral sting! Meiko Kaji (femme fatale extraordinaire of the Stray Cat Rock and Lady Snowblood series) returns as Female Prisoner #701 — now escaped from the very authority who would grind her down. With one severed arm dangling from one handcuffed wrist, Kaji takes refuge in the home of a kindred soul... a latchkey slut in want of all the world’s sympathy... forced into a back-alley living for the sake of supporting her retarded brother... whose baby grows ever quick in her womb — oh life! No, it’s not long until old enemies rearrive, new adversaries are inaugurated... and this waking nightmare gives way to a new dawn... soiled by indiscriminate abortion! This third instalment of the Female Prisoner series is perhaps also the finest, and in its concise layout it represents both a fitting conclusion to the Scorpion story as directed by Shunya Itô, and a stand-alone work requiring no familiarity with the preceding episodes. Seen either as a cinematic golf-club spelunking an orifice, or as a loving ode to human hate, one thing is certain: Female Prisoner #701 Scorpion: Beast Stable exemplifies the grindhouse ethos in its haunting depiction of beauty...

Certificate:
18
Actor:
Meiko Kaji
Director:
Shunya Ito
Region:
2
Number of Discs:
3
Main Language:
Japanese

Female Prisoner Scorpion Trilogy

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Female Prisoner #701: Scorpion is Jailhouse Rock for the stay-at-home generation: an amphetamine-fueled descent into the humid cells of a women's lock-up. High-pulse nymphomania, bone-shattering violence, and a gruesomely gynaecological approach to torture rear their collective head in the workyard, in the cafeteria, ... and in the showers of this messed-up big-house -- more akin to a hen-house where all types of filthy birds come to roost. Take Meiko Kaji for instance (sex-kitten eminence of the Stray Cat Rock and Lady Snowblood series) -- she's serving time as a result of circumstances that went a little, well ... beyond her control. But whether she's tied down or chained up, Kaji (a.k.a. Nami 'Matsu the Scorpion' Matsushima) knows how to channel her sense of vengeance into that delta-sized libidinal urge known by any prison-vixen of the sensational '70s -- and thereby makes the most of her incarceration.

Those who value balanced brain-chemistry and a regular heart-rate, approach Female Convict Scorpion: Jailhouse 41 with extreme caution. For within this film lie feral sex, hyper-violence, impulsive lesbian orgies, mock crucifixions. Spoons sharpened into shivs. Eye-melting depictions of the most shockingly jagged DIY abortions. Filmed in colours that tilt without warning from ashen, pale shades into scrambled, lurid hues, Female Convict Scorpion: Jailhouse 41 brings the characters from Tooru Shinohara’s popular manga to genital-swinging life. The storyline assumes the form of a quest for vengeance by a woman imprisoned — but director Shunya Itô’s images and the singular star-presence of Meiko Kaji (Stray Cat Rock, Lady Snowblood) combine to transcend a common B-film revenge-tale and take on an execution that is unadulterated IMPACT. Although conceived as a follow-up to Itô’s Female Prisoner #701: Scorpion, Female Convict Scorpion: Jailhouse 41 can nonetheless be enjoyed and obsessed over as a stand-alone achievement, a unique totem for the annals of 1970s Japanese cine-exploitation. It’s in this instalment that full-blown artifice locks horns with psychosexual horror — before collapsing in a pile of offal, wearing the grin of a gassed corpse. Prepare yourself for lock-down.

An avenging angel... or a seductive siren? Conceive of her as you like — either way, she walks alone, this woman wronged by the world... this Scorpion with a taste for vengeance! — Beware her clitoral sting! Meiko Kaji (femme fatale extraordinaire of the Stray Cat Rock and Lady Snowblood series) returns as Female Prisoner #701 — now escaped from the very authority who would grind her down. With one severed arm dangling from one handcuffed wrist, Kaji takes refuge in the home of a kindred soul... a latchkey slut in want of all the world’s sympathy... forced into a back-alley living for the sake of supporting her retarded brother... whose baby grows ever quick in her womb — oh life! No, it’s not long until old enemies rearrive, new adversaries are inaugurated... and this waking nightmare gives way to a new dawn... soiled by indiscriminate abortion! This third instalment of the Female Prisoner series is perhaps also the finest, and in its concise layout it represents both a fitting conclusion to the Scorpion story as directed by Shunya Itô, and a stand-alone work requiring no familiarity with the preceding episodes. Seen either as a cinematic golf-club spelunking an orifice, or as a loving ode to human hate, one thing is certain: Female Prisoner #701 Scorpion: Beast Stable exemplifies the grindhouse ethos in its haunting depiction of beauty...

Certificate:
18
Actor:
Meiko Kaji
Director:
Shunya Ito
Region:
2
Number of Discs:
3
Main Language:
Japanese
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