Female Convict Scorpion Jailhouse 41
1972, 90 min., 35 mm, color, in Japanese with English subtitles. Directed by Shunya Ito. With Meiko Kaji, Fumio Watanabe, Kayoko Shiraishi. Print courtesy of Toei Co., Ltd.
“One of the most jaw-droppingly over-the-top viewing experiences in film history.”
“An absolutely phenomenal surrealist-cum-exploitation picture…one of the truly genuine masterpieces of violent 1970’s cinema"
Jailhouse 41 finds the deadly Matsu, better known as “Sasori” (Scorpion) in a realm shut off from all hope and goodness: the darkest depths of a maximum-security prison, where God Himself dares not peek—or so it would seem. Taking her first chance at escape, she and six other female prisoners embark on a crazed rampage through a ghost town. The battered past of the women is revealed through a pop-art prism of kabuki theatre influences and frenzied baroque camerawork, as they trade surreal acts of sadistic vengeance with their pursuers and the men who fall in their path. Highly stylized even for the standards of this exceptional franchise, Shunya Ito gives free reign to his experimental tendencies in this sequel to Female Prisoner #701: Scorpion, offering a brutally compelling film, haunting and intoxicating in equal measure.
This film is unrated, but may only be viewed by persons 18 years of age or older.
Part of the Globus Film Series:
Mad, Bad…. & Dangerous to Know: Three Untamed Beauties
$11/$7 members, students & seniors
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