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Female Prisoner #701: Scorpion (1972)

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Summary: Shunya Ito directed this unusual women's prison film which spawned three direct sequels and a pair of spin-offs... (Amazon.ca)

Genres: Drama, Suspense/Thriller, Crime

Country: Japan

Directed By: Shunya Ito

Written By: Fumio Konami, Hirô Matsuda, Tooru Shinohara

Starring: Yoichi Numata, Hideo Murota, Meiko Kaji, Saburo Date, Fumio Watanabe, Yôko Mihara, Akemi Negishi, Rie Yokoyama, Yayoi Watanabe, Isao Natsuyagi, Sue Mitobe, Shinzo Hotta

AKA: Joshuu 701-gô: Sasori

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Female Prisoner #701: Scorpion belongs to 34 collections
1. boobs (public: moderated by Pickpocket - 39 stars)
2. Features under 91 minutes (public: moderated by epiphany - 29 stars)
3. Female protagonist (public: moderated by djross - 15 stars)
4. Kickass / Badass female starring roles (public: moderated by whatismyname - 10 stars)
5. The Gentlemen's Guide To Midnight Cinema Podcast (public: moderated by Coheed - 3 stars)
6. Pinky Violence (public: moderated by edkrak - 3 stars)
7. Cool Ass Cinema's Sins of Celluloid: 200 Essential Exploitation Films (public: moderated by mattburgess - 3 stars)
8. Prison (public: moderated by td888 - 2 stars)
9. Women In Prison (public: moderated by Shmendrek - 2 stars)
10. Pink Film (public: moderated by ladyspiggott - 2 stars)
11. Pinky Violence/Roman Pornos (public: moderated by ForrestQ - 1 star)
12. Toei (public: moderated by edkrak)
13. To Download (public: moderated by ForrestQ)
14. Sukeban / Japanese girl delinquents (public: moderated by mattburgess)
15. Cinema Sewer (public: moderated by mattburgess)
16. Exploitation films with multiple sequels (public: moderated by mattburgess)
17. zae's DVDs & Blurays (private: zae)
18. Ignored Films (your private collection) | remove from collection
19. Rewatch & Random (private: ForrestQ)
20. Eye Violence (your hidden collection) | remove from collection


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bizarreeye bizarre_eye
97T10
green_man Edson Abas
70T7
Ximum
90T6
gackt
70T6
Limdebois Limdebois
80T9
Dicke_Taube
70T6
bensonmum2
90T10
TonyS.
70T5
RavynLoony
65T7
PerryStroika PerryStroika
65T7
PolsVoice Pols_Voice
90T9
Magb Magb
70T5
"Exploitation" cinema is something I have basically zero familiarity with. I thought this was pretty entertaining and intriguing, and I'm eager to learn more about the motivations behind the making of such films, beyond the obvious titillation and revenge wish fulfillment.
10kfilms
77T8
Msoada Läuft.
86T9
laurent
50T1
Zarkon Zarkon
75T4
Barkinson
60T7
Janne
90T10
luiz berger
100T8
Dunstan_xxx Dunstan-xxx
68T7
8452f92d2b31
40T4
eveelun eveelun
77T7
Cook3777 Cook3777
75T7
ass n titties all around, ass n titties all a bound, glad this film, frank had found, i JO to this film all through town.
badjuice bad_juice
40T6
Magmadiver Magmadiver
83T7
Mochard Mochard
72T9
valmeade Enthusiast
75T7
cinemahell cinema_hell
75T5
Alex Porcina
85T9
zae zae
91T10
ladyspiggott ladyspiggott
98T10
themagician
80T8
IMDb_byvotes IMDb-byvotes
73T7
FitFortDanga MartinTeller
71T4
There's plenty of violence and nudity to satisfy those who crave such things, but I think exploitation is mainly for hipster college kids. As a revenge film, it's fairly satisfying. It's also a Seijun Suzuki-style romp, and here is where it shows the most promise. Ito doesn't do it with the same reckless abandon that Suzuki does, but there's enough creative flourish to keep it interesting.
coldesser
70T4
catfacer catfacer
80T7
dcatcher dcatcher
65T6
Mattsdmf
78T6
edkrak edkrak
80T9
Nepeta
70T5
That style is intoxicating.
micmac micmac•
61T5
CrazyJim9380
79T7
entrapmen entrapmen
54T2
ManInBlack ManInBlack
6T5
KenMeisters KenMeisters
96T10
zetes
100T10
Grum
70T7
TheDenizen TheDenizen
80T9
Meiko Kaji plays Sasori, a woman falsely imprisoned after being betrayed and framed by a former lover and his gang. Sasori is not just tough, she's incredibly bright and determined, and after enduring the standard WIP trials (including a very sexy lesbian scene with an undercover cop posing as a fellow prisoner), Sasori actually escapes the prison and exacts bloody revenge on all the men who put her there. A classic that spawned several sequels.
Xzlu Xzlu
7T7
imdb imdb
73T8
princemuchao
91T9
flund
93T10
kharms
20T1
borislugosi borislugosi
80T8
Leland Leland
80T6
pyrosexual pyrosexual
80T7
Excitableboy Excitableboy
85T9
This sleazy, unrepentant and youthfully stylish landmark is the best start for an odyssey into the weird world of Japanese exploitation. With crude satire, it assaults the traditional values of Japanese society like the structures of civic duty and patriarchal power while simultaneously exploiting the hell out of every frame. Truly a film to insult everyones political sensibility. At the center of this unscrupulous feast stands the quietly fierce presence of a genre icon Meiko Kaji.
xylothrone
78T6
begoniabol begoniabol
62T5
Doesn't have a very original story and not the fastest pace either, but it's entertaining. Has some fun killings too, and that shower scene is pretty badass
CMQuinn CMQuinn
8T8
Prismatic Prismatic
86T8
nuotio
66T9
crimsonfire crimsonfire
76T8
Janky Janky
71T6
hekkon hekkon
80T7
ForrestQ ForrestQ
80T8
NoSex NoSex
80T8
loosecanons loosecanons
25T3
markf
91T9
VegardPompey
20T4
stpmtnfury
80T6
bender bender
65T4
dourface
70T7
Kowry Kowry
40T10
callmepiano
87T5
syvyys syvyys
81T6
arzinger
70T6
filmaffinity filmaffinity
66T7
drh
80T6
Detox Detox
78T6
AICHEG AICHE
77T7
hayabusa
85T8
juliewardh
100T6
avgcrtckr avgcrtckr
68T9
metaller
70T6
Coheed
80T8
NathanDarko NathanDarko
88T8
e-ball
84T9
snallygaster snallygaster
37T3
Barthalen Barthalen
71T6
Women-in-prison shenanigans. The best shenanigans. Well, not best. But boy, those ladies sure do love ripping each others' clothes off. (Also gets a few extra points for some crazy and stylish out-of-nowhere stuff)
KAH KAH
3T8
Stylish pinky violence with more to show for itself than your average exploitation flick.
CHOICECOD CHOICECOD
80T7
okakura
74T7
Mclusky84
80T8
kyleloomis kyle.loomis
5T6
HisFalkness HisFalkness
90T8
What Shunya ITO created with Sasori is definitively one of the best wip-flicks out there. Combining sleazy exploitation - including all needed elements from group showers to lesbian sex encounters to rape - and avantgarde-resque installments mostly using colour and theatre settings this is a bit more than the usual misogynic sleaze fest. Featuring the unique Meiko KAJI turning the damsel in distress-character into a dangerous damsel that kicks arse this is only topped by the second installment.
natebarrios natebarrios
75T7
Mentaculus Mentaculus
80T8
Loud and unrepentant, #701 is true Japanese political exploitation - walking a very, very fine line between the anger of the political avant-garde and mainstream pinky rapey violence (that's a thing). Its female-centric savagery has rarely been matched - which is why it is justifiably a classic.
Infenso paah
70T6
PeaceAnarchy PeaceAnarchy
78T6
Very good film, even if it ventures a bit too much into exploitation territory at times. Interesting use of some typical crime tropes. Even though most of the scenes are very clearly fake, the rawness of the style makes it believable and effective in creating tension. The final 10 minutes are the high point, a departure from the rest of the film, but also perfectly appropriate.
mightysparks mightysparks
55T6
hotsake hotsake
73T7
venice venice
72T6
mattburgess mattburgess
78T9
chmulcr0n chmul_cr0n
100T10
pure awesomeness beyond comprehension
antitype antitype
71T6
jeffv jeff_v
61T3
kharms2
20T1
FrankHowley FrankHowley
85T9
An incredibly bad ass movie with awesome violence, nudity, and artistic style.
Niska Niska
35T6
kangadoodoo kangadoodoo
65T7
zopz zopz
81T9
This is much better than I remember from my first watch. Total stylistic overdose, compelling, original - even after the horde of imitation - and even beautiful, poetic in a way. The camera work and editing are rough, but the unconventional approach to both is totally successful. It really is a classic.
sodr2 sodr2
67T5
Is this Xena?
porzano porzano
80T10
Veterini Veterini
79T7
Fran
70T6
Grouchy Grouchy
89T9
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