Scorpion & her gang of female prisoners escape from the jailhouse & hide out on a giant garbage tip & prey on passing tourists.
The first 3 films in the "Scorpion" series are probably the quintessential Japanese exploitation cult movies of the late 60s / early 70s. This second film in the series is even more extreme than the first. In its stylised violence the film is influenced by Spaghetti Westerns (right down to the Morriconesque soundtrack) but the whole thing is pitched at an hysterical level of melodrama with pathological anti-authoritarianism & lots of graphic psycho-sexual horror, torture, sado-masochism - all of which is probably unique to Japanese culture in early 70s meltdown. Scorpion is not for the faint hearted or easily offended.
Despite the sleazy exploitation genre however, this is fantastic cinema & this film has even more impressive surreal pop art sequences than its predecessor (watch out for the ghostly old woman sequence & the use of traditional Japanese theatrical elements). Many scenes are visually stunning, with amazing expressionist cinematography. Meiko Kaji gives another remarkable performance, given that she acts almost entirely with her eyes, without dialogue or facial expression. When, towards the end of the film, she does finally speak five words (& laughs) the effect is positively cathartic. Scorpion: Jailhouse #41 is not for everyone but if you like cinema that makes your jaw drop then check this out.
A basic dvd edition with less than brilliant print. Leaflet with brief background essay enclosed.