FEMALE PRISONER SCORPION: JAILHOUSE 41

Shun'ya Itô, Japan, 1972, Arrow Films, Crime - Japan

“An absolutely phenomenal surrealist-cum-exploitation picture...one of the truly genuine masterpieces of violent 1970s cinema" – Phillyfests.com

The four-film FEMALE PRISONER SCORPION cycle charts the vengeance of Nami Matsushima (Meiko Kaji, LADY SNOWBLOOD, the STRAY CAT ROCK series), who becomes an avatar of survival and an unlikely symbol of female resistance in a male-dominated world. Spiritual kin to MS. 45, COFFY and THE BRIDE WORE BLACK!

The fan favorite of the series, “Jailhouse 41 finds our deadly heroine 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, offering a brutally compelling film that’s haunting and intoxicating in equal measure.” (Japan Society)

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Details

  • 90 mins
  • Color
  • 2.35:1

Formats

  • DCP
  • Blu-ray

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