Joshuu 701-Gô: Sasori (1972, JAP) C-87m. SCOPE ** D: Shunya Ito. Starring Meiko Kaji, Rie Yokoyama, Isao Natsuyagi, Fumio Watanabe. Yayoi Watanabe. Japanese W.I.P. 'classic' about the title character, a prison inmate, who goes through much abuse after a failed escape attempt. She even becomes hated by the other prisoners, who are forced to do hard labor whenever she tries to break out. Pretty much like the other W.I.P. flicks, with lots of nudity and violence and a distinct lack of plot. Some surreal touches don't really make it better than the American counterparts. Based on a graphic novel (what else?), followed by five sequels in the 1970s and some remakes in the 1990s. English title: FEMALE PRISONER #701: SCORPION.

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