Directed by Yasuharu Hasebe
Written by Hiroo Natsuda, Fumio Kounami, and Yasuharu Hasebe
Music by Hanjiro Nakazawa
Cast: Meiko Kaji, Toshiyuki Hosokawa, Sanae Nakahara, Yayoi Watanabe, Akemi Negishi

1973/92 Mins/Color/Mono
2.35:1 anamorphic/Japanese/Japan/NTSC Region 1

Review from Tokyo Shock/ Media Blasters

Nami (Meiko Kaji) is still one the run from the police. She finds a former friend, who works at a strip club, to help her out; as, he too holds a grudge against the evil, abusive police officer that is looking for her. Unfortunately, he eventually rats her out, and she is captured. This time, though, she has the threat of the gallows looming on her, but nonetheless, she plots her revenge against those, who have wronged her.

The fourth and last official entry (there seem to be a couple of unofficial entries out there) in the series is the weakest, of the three that I have seen, thus far, but it is still a really good film. The beginning is really exciting, as Nami tries to escape the cops. It, unfortunately, begins to drag towards the middle of the film. Only to pick up steam once she is recaptured. From here on the film really starts to kick some major ass.

While, not quite as stylish as the first SCORPION or BEAST STABLE, this one does still look nice with, with some very cool camera angles and really good, tight editing. It is also righteously exploitative. And, while the lovely Ms. Kaji does not get naked, there are lots of others that do. There is even a quick little lesbian tease thrown in for good measure. It is also not quite as graphic as the rest in the series are, but by no means is it a walk in the park. The torture scene involving hot water to the balls and the gang-rape are pretty brutal and intense in nature.

As with the other films in this series, the acting is really strong. The cop is such a fucking scumbag that you, once again cheer Nami on. Kaji, in her final turn as Nami, is not given much to say this time around, but when she does speak, it’s pretty awesome. She also manages to say a lot with just an expression on her face or look from her beautiful eyes. Of course, it goes without saying that she is an amazingly stunning, breathtaking beauty.

FEMALE PRISONER #701 SCORPION: GRUDGE SONG has its bloody revenge on DVD thanks to this Tokyo Shock/ Media Blasters release. The 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen looks too soft in the darker scenes, but just fine in daylight scenes. The subtitles are clear and easy to read. The mono sound is loud, crisp, and nicely defined.

An image gallery is one of the few extras provided. It consists of a poster of the film and some nice black and white stills. The only other extra is the film’s trailer, as well as trailers for DEATH TRANCE, THE NEIGHBOR NO. THIRTEEN, FEMALE PRISONER #701 SCORPION, and FEMALE PRISONER #701 SCORPION: BEAST STABLE. The disc comes in a keep case, but has not inlet card. The menu is static.





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Review by Giovanni Deldio. All Right Reserved. 2008. ©

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