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Female Convict Scorpion: Jailhouse 41
Female Convict Scorpion Jailhouse 41
Actors: Meiko Kaji, Fumio Watanabe, Kayoko Shiraishi, Yuki Arasa, Hiroko Isayama
Director: Shunya Ito
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Drama, Cult Movies, Mystery & Suspense
UR     2002     1hr 30min

An absolutely phenomenal surrealist-cum-exploitation picture, "Female Convict Scorpion--Jailhouse 41" is the second in a series of films about Matsu (known to her fellow inmates as "Scorpion"), a diminutive but volatile wo...  more »


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Actors: Meiko Kaji, Fumio Watanabe, Kayoko Shiraishi, Yuki Arasa, Hiroko Isayama
Director: Shunya Ito
Creator: Tooru Shinohara
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Drama, Cult Movies, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Crime, Indie & Art House, Drama, Prison, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: Image Entertainment
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen - Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 03/26/2002
Original Release Date: 01/01/1972
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/1972
Release Year: 2002
Run Time: 1hr 30min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 10
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: Japanese, Japanese
Subtitles: English

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A Visual Feast
jetboy77 | Far Hills, NJ United States | 04/07/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Well, I think I should cut right to the chase: FEMALE CONVICT SCORPION: JAILHOUSE 41 is quite possibly the most fascinating and visually stunning film I have ever had the pleasure to see ... And that praise comes from fan who loves ( and also admires ) films such as BLACK NARCISSUS, KWAIDAN, SUSPIRIA, and VERTIGO to name a few ...... To simply describe the plot of FEMALE CONVICT SCORPION would be a great injustice .. This is not your run-of-the-mill women in prison film ( although I do enjoy that genre ) ... YES, the story is fascinating and so perfectly simple ... The true beauty comes in the genius of transforming a simple story into a visual and creative feast for the senses, in particular, your eyes ...... But what are visuals without performance ??? ... This film wouldn't know .... The acting is brilliant, particularly Meiko Kaji who, with one glance, can send either a chill down your spine, or send butterflies to your stomach ... Does it sound as if I love this film ??? ... I DO !!! ... I highly recommend FEMALE CONVICT SCORPION: JAILHOUSE 41 .... The colors are breathtaking, and the overall look for the film is awesome ...If there is one flaw regarding this DVD, it is in the transfer: during dark scenes, a "transparent" ( for lack of a better word ) band can be seen down the right side of the screen ... Strangely, this line is NOT visible in the trailer ... This band can also be seen occasionally in BLACK TIGHT KILLERS, a Japanese film released by the same manufacturer .... It's not bad enough to take a star away, but it is noticable during dark scenes ... Simply put, FEMALE CONVICT SCORPION is one of the best films I've ever seen ..."
An unexpected gem
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is probably one of the few films I've seen recently to really surprise me. I had heard a few things about the film before seeing it, and the scattered details I had picked it up made it sound like standard Japanese exploitation - stylish, violent and misogynistic. All the elements are present in the film for this sort of product - a couple of rape scenes, the torture and abuse of women, a few moments of sadistic gore. Yet, despite these elements, this film is actually explicitly feminist in its outlook (very surprising for a Japanese exploitation film!), and is oddly lyrical and poetic for much of its length. There are few films that one could describe as being simultaneously brutal, sleazy, beautiful, absurd and emotionally affecting - "Female Scorpion" manages the rare feat of producing this strange alchemy. Definitely worth seeing for fans of Japanese filmmaking."
Hypnotic Japanese Trash-Art
shlomo | Schaffhausen Switzerland | 12/27/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"A masterwork as only the japanese can deliver it! A mix between kabuki-theater, women in prison trash and stylish revenge flick! If you are into entertaining trash with an edge, buy this film now! If you are into linear non-experimental movie, than forget this one...I'll never forget the vicious female convict scorpion answering the police officers question about the prisoners in the bus... "They're all dead". What a mean motha she is!By the way, I had no probelm with the disc, non at all."