Female Prisoner Scorpion: Grudge Song/Review
From The Grindhouse Cinema Database
In this final installment of the original Female Prisoner Scorpion films, "The Scorpion" aka Nami Matsushima (Meiko Kaji) is on the run once again. At the opening of the film, after the melancholy title theme "Urami-Bushi" (Her Song of Vengeance) sung by Kaji herself, the police are looking everywhere for her. They find a church where a ceremony is in progress and they immediately barge in. They find her in one of the rooms and she tries to escape but they detain her. As the police make their way back to the prison with The Scorpion, Inspector Kodama (Yumi Kanei) taunts her by saying that she won't get away again. About 10 seconds after he says that, Scorpion hits the men and their car drives off the road and crashes. Scorpion does in fact manage to get away again.
At a strip club, we meet Kudo (Masakazu Tamura) a guy who runs the light show. Kudo is hit on by one of the strippers, but after she sticks her hand down his pants and finds out his tool is damaged, she splits. Kudo goes to the bathroom where he encounters The Scorpion hiding in one of the stalls. She's been injured and passes out. Kudo helps her down to the club's basement where he lets her rest. He goes to get some food for her and when he returns, he gets to know Scorpion a little. The two form a bond since both are victims of the police system. We learn about Kudo's past and just why he bears a grudge against the police and Inspector Kodama. Kodama and his men track Kudo and Scorpion down at their hideout, but luckily they make it out.
Kudo and Scorpion try to get back at Kodama by hijacking some goods from the cars, but they run into a problem when they are suddenly surrounded by the police. Scorpion manages to get away, but Kudo is arrested and is again beaten up by the cops so he will give up Scorpion's whereabouts. When he doesn't give them any info, Kodama brings in Kudo's estranged mother who softens Kudo's emotions and makes him cry. There's an excruciating sequence where Kudo slowly breaks down as his mother looks on. Scorpion tries to get to Kudo, but she is finally taken down after a fight with Kodama's men.
Scorpion is swiftly brought back to prison where she's scheduled to be executed. Kodama orders her to be untied, and then he just lays into her like a boxer. This guy totally beats the hell out of her, punching her in the stomach and smacking her across the face. Regardless, Scorpion cant be stopped. She recovers quickly and soon manages to make a prison break with the help of one of the other inmates. Scorpion makes one mistake, she hides in Kodama's car. Kodama drives to a deserted lot and he calls Scorpion to get out of the trunk. In this sequence, there's a beautiful sunset which gives the film an orange hue, then as Kodama explains that he has created a special gallows just for Scorpion, the sky becomes blue. What happens to Scorpion and Kudo afterwards is something you'll have to find out for yourself!
I've been a big fan of Meiko Kaji since I first saw Lady Snowblood. She is stunningly beautiful as The Scorpion. Her coal black hair shields her face often, but whenever she flashes her eyes, you become entranced by her. Throughout the film she barely speaks, but she doesnt have to say anything to express her hatred and sensuality. She's mysterious and in her long black overcoat and hat she looks both ominous and very sexy.
Peter Roberts is the co-founder/editor-in-chief of the Grindhouse Cinema Database (GCDb) and contributor to the GCDb's sister site Furious Cinema. A Massachusetts native, he is an avid film fan that has been immersed in the world of entertainment and pop culture his entire life. He is currently majoring in Communications and Interactive Media Design.