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Female Convict Scorpion-Jailhouse 41 [DVD] [1972] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]


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  • Actors: Meiko Kaji, Fumio Watanabe, Kayoko Shiraishi, Mitsuo Andô, Yuki Arasa
  • Directors: Shunya Itô
  • Writers: Tooru Shinohara
  • Format: Colour, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: Japanese
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 15 Aug 2000
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305943885
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 344,104 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By HJ on 21 Mar 2007
Format: DVD
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.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Film Fan on 24 May 2007
Format: DVD
I felt compelled to write a review to even out the rating by a previous reviewer. Everyone is certainly entitled to their opinion but it seemed like this individual did not understand the movie and his opinion has led to a skewed vision for those who have never seen any of the movies in the Prisoner series.

Meiko Kaji gives an absolutely burning performance of fiery intesnsity in this film, without even saying a word until the final reel. Everything is said through her eyes. She is Scorpion, an unjustly imprisoned woman continually fighting against the odds, the guards and the fellow prisoners in 1970's Japan. She and a group of prisoners oppertunistically escape and the sadistic guards and warden are soon in pursuit.

It may seem unlikely due to the subject matter but the film looks beautiful. The colours jump out at you and the cinematography is amazingly creative and also downright cool. I can't think of a more cult movie out there. It's also uncomprimising and not for those easily offended.

With the current hype around "grindhouse" movies I'm sure the name Scorpion will come up a little more often. It is the ultimate exploitation flick, but one which captures beautiful visuals, commanding performances and a true exploitation plotline which make it a stylised vision not to be missed. This film is an absolute gem.

The first movie in the series is also excellent.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sgt Pinback on 25 July 2007
Format: DVD
Please ignore the appalling comments by Mr Yau below. Jailhouse 41 is by far the stand out film in the Scorpion series and quite possibly the finest exploitation film made in the 70's.

It is mesmerising from start to finish, beautiful but often disturbing, with a jaw dropping (fuzz guitar) soundtrack. Oh, and it has quite simply the best freeze frame ending in cinema history as well.
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0 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kallisti on 16 Sep 2008
Format: DVD
I found the first episode in this series excellent, as far as female prison sexploitation films go. I had hoped the second would offer more in the same vein. Instead part two seemed to have been rushed out (release year is the same as part one) with a confused story line padded out with garish dream sequences, supernatural happenings etc. and featuring a strong moral condemnation of the prisoners. I much preferred the spare and stark violence of the first one.
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1 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Mr. S. Yau on 11 May 2007
Format: DVD
This maybe because it was produced back in 1972... or it was simply a badly made film. If you enjoy watching movies like Star Wars where you see collision effects, then don't buy this film. All you will see it a horrible cause and effect slide-show film.

It's rated 18 because at one point there's a naked male with a tree log thrusted through him... um. As for the description of lesbian and rape scene, it's not what you think. The 'rape' scene is fake. Everyone keeps their clothes on. The lesbian scene last for 5 seconds or so.

Action is poorly done. It feels like watching a slide-show rather than prisoners killing guards.
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