Joshuu Sasori: 701-Gô Urami-Bushi (1973, JAP) C-89m. SCOPE ** D: Yasuharu Hasebe. Starring Meiko Kaji, Masakazu Tamura, Yumi Kanei, Hiroshi Tsukata, Yayoi Watanabe. Fourth installment in the SASORI series is not set in prison for almost two thirds. Kaji is caught by the police, escapes again and is helped by a technician at a night club, who is a victim of brutal police interrogation himself. Uneven, but quite intense at times, slightly superior to the original, as it is less predictable and showcases Kaji's charisma better. Actress Kaji (LADY SNOWBLOOD) left the series after this movie, which was followed by two more SASORI movies in the 1970s. English title: FEMALE PRISONER SCORPION: #701'S GRUDGE SONG.

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