Starring: Meiko Kaji - 1972
Copyright ©1972 Toei Company / 2009© EUREKA
Prisoner 701 is the story of Nami Matsushima aka Matsu the Scorpion (Meiko Kaji).She is set up by a crooked cop (Sugimi) who she is in love with .The cop uses her to set up some gangsters but when all goes wrong she is raped and assaulted by them she takes revenge on the cop and the result is being imprisoned in a tough ladies prison with cruel sadistic guards and female gangs out to prove a point. Now while she is imprisoned Sugimi plans a plot to get Nami killed in prison so as to not be found out about his crooked dealings.
The film is a nearly 90 minutes of Nami being targeted by the guards and being beaten,other female prisoners that see her as a threat having fights with her and coming of worse for wear.From being tied up and left in solitary for days whilst having Hot Soup poured on her to having to dig holes and fill them in again repeatedly for Two Days.Getting in to a fight in the shower that results in the warden getting it in the Eye (as pictured above )which does not find her favor ,then when fellow prisoners riot to get better treatment ,they blame Nami and request her being handed to them so they can hang her up and beat the hell out of her .Amongst all this Nami is a strong and Beautiful prisoner that's hell bent on revenge against Sugimi and nothing will stop her getting her way.
I must admit for a film made in 1972 this is as tough and hard as you can get with plenty of nudity going on throughout,but this is just to showcase the tough times Nami has to go through to get to her goal.This was a landmark film when released and with it's haunting soundtrack that all will recognize .This is one film that you will not want to miss whether from a collectors point of view or just getting together with some friends and some beers and having a laugh .With two more sequels to cover here you can rest assured they will be worth the wait.The Snake.
Score out of Ten= 8