Female Convict Scorpion: Jailhouse 41 (Joshuu sasori: Dai-41 zakkyo-bô) (2000) - Rotten Tomatoes

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





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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 to a visiting dignitary. Scorpion seizes this opportunity to attack the warden and incite a riot. The warden punishes the women by placing them on a tough work detail and instructs four guards to rape Scorpion. His plan to turn the women against her appears to be working when several inmates assault Scorpion while they are being transported in a van; but when the guards check the van, they are overtaken by Scorpion and the other women. As they flee from the law, the escapees find a village that's nearly buried in volcanic ash; a mysterious old woman with a knife who reveals their backstories; and a tour bus with rapists who kill one of the women. The women hijack the bus, but the police continue to pursue them and force a showdown. ~ Todd Kristel, Rovi
Art House & International , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Critic Reviews for Female Convict Scorpion: Jailhouse 41 (Joshuu sasori: Dai-41 zakkyo-bô)

All Critics (3)

...rings changes on the themes established in the first film.

Full Review… | September 27, 2016

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.

Full Review… | July 6, 2007
Eye for Film

Kaji is so sinister, she utters fewer words than even Arnold Schwarznegger's Terminator.

Full Review… | October 3, 2002
Combustible Celluloid

Audience Reviews for Female Convict Scorpion: Jailhouse 41 (Joshuu sasori: Dai-41 zakkyo-bô)


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.

Tsubaki Sanjuro
Tsubaki Sanjuro

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No one walks stoically to bleak songs about revenge like Meiko Kaji. The second film in the Female Convict Scorpion series, Jailhouse 41 is surreal and subversive. It takes a bit to get into these films, just don't expect the action-packed exploits of American-made revenge flicks. Jailhouse 41 is at once a gonzo-exploitation film and a bizarro female-revenge flick, with a spectacularly lethal final five minutes.

Caleb McCandless
Caleb McCandless

Great piece of Japanese exploitation cinema. Too bad the OOP DVD transfer is on the rough side. This film is in dire need of a HD re-master. PLEAAAAASE....Criterion.....pick up this film along with is predecessor......PLEEEEEAAAASSSSEEEEE

Anthony Albarran
Anthony Albarran

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