Matsu, known to the prisoners as Scorpian, is locked away in the bowels of the prison as revenge for disrupting the smooth operation of the prison and for her disfiguring attack on the warden. Granted a one day reprieve due to the visit of a dignitary, she takes advantage and attacks the warden again. This leads to more brutal punishment and humiliation. But the punishment gives her an oppurtunity to escape along with six other female prisoners. Their surreal flight from prison pits the convicts against the guards, the warden and each other. —IMDb
Shunya Itō (伊藤 俊也 Itō Shun’ya?, born February 17, 1932) is a Japanese film director famed for starting the Sasori (Female Prisoner #701: Scorpion, etc.) series of 1970s exploitation films based on Toru Shinohara’s manga and starring Meiko Kaji. Itō worked for Toei Company for most of his career. He won a Directors Guild of Japan New Directors Citation for his first film, Female Prisoner #701: Scorpion, in 1972.
He won Best Picture at the Japanese Academy Awards in 1985 with his film Gray Sunset, a story of a man suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. This thus became Japan’s entry for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film instead of Akira Kurosawa’s Ran, which caused a slight uproar in Western media as many critics thought Ran had a real chance of winning whereas Gray Sunset was not even shortlisted. (Galbraith)
His most recent films are the 1995 anime movie in the Lupin III series: Lupin III: Farewell to Nostradamus, and the 1998 World War II drama Pride: The… read more