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Female Convict Scorpion: Jailhouse 41 (Joshuu sasori: Dai-41 zakkyo-b)

Female Convict Scorpion: Jailhouse 41 (Joshuu sasori: Dai-41 zakkyo-b) (2000)

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Release Date: Jan 1, 2000 Wide

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The second in a series of exploitation films based on a Japanese adult manga magazine, this over-the-top jailbreak movie pits the silent-but-deadly Scorpion (Meiko Kaji) against a sadistic warden and other adversaries. As the film begins, Scorpion is shackled in an underground solitary confinement cell. She sharpens a spoon, which she holds in her mouth, by scraping it repeatedly against the damp, dirty floor. Then the warden has her dragged to the yard to present a positive image of the prison

Aug 15, 2000

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when it comes to genre, Ito, like his protagonist, just will not be confined or restrained, making Jailhouse 41 as aesthetically striking and deliriously weird a WIP pic as is ever likely to be made.

July 6, 2007 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
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Kaji is so sinister, she utters fewer words than even Arnold Schwarznegger's Terminator.

October 3, 2002 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
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Audience Reviews for Female Convict Scorpion: Jailhouse 41 (Joshuu sasori: Dai-41 zakkyo-b)

It wouldn't be crazy to say this might be the greatest WIP film ever made. Ito is aware of how by-the-numbers the genre can be, and decides to approach this as a surreal nightmare. It makes the first film almost looke like an Ozu movie. You don't even have to see the first one to enjoy this one, but it certainly helps, just to give Kaji's character a bit of background.
December 21, 2011
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Tsubaki Sanjuro

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Jailhouse 41 follows on from the first film along a similar thread, the biggest difference being that most of the film takes part outside of prison. Another big difference is that it's steeped in references to Japanese folk-law. It's certainly quite surreal in places, with an ever present spiritual message. All the usual bad taste exploitation is present, just slightly toned down it seems but just as beautiful visually. Please note, this is the second film of the series, the date on flixster is wrong!
October 12, 2010
SirPant

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The greatest WIP film ever made. So good that it completely trancends the genre. Plus, Meiko Kaji is beautiful, yet truly scary at the same time, something many Hollywood actresses have been trying to accomplish, but few have succeeded, Her performance is great in this stylish and gritty film. Quentin Tarantino used Meiko Kaiji's excellent theme song for this in Kill Bill.
September 27, 2010
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  • Female Convict "Scorpion" - Jailhouse 41 (DE)
  • Female Convict Scorpion: Jailhouse 41 (UK)
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