Shun'ya Itô, Japan, 1972, Arrow Films, Cult

"[Meiko Kaji]: a haunting beauty with a commanding screen presence, able to convey more with one squint of her eye than most actors could in an entire page of dialogue." -- Christopher Bickel, Dangerous Minds

“Shunya Itô’s psychedelic, offbeat direction makes his FEMALE PRISONER films much more than politically aware exploitation movies, positioning them somewhere closer to arthouse cinema than to some of the genre’s crass, demeaning counterparts.” -- Sarah Cronin, Electric Sheep Magazine

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 first film in the cycle introduces Nami: a gullible, unjustly imprisoned young woman who must find a way to escape, in order to exact revenge upon the man who betrayed her.

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  • 87 mins
  • Color
  • 2.35:1


  • DCP