Thursday, February 2, 2017

Female Prisoner #701: Scorpion (1972)

As Michael Bay can surely attest, an over-abundance of style can easily paper over a great many deficiencies. If it's flashy looking, you won't notice the cardboard characters, plot holes and dubious politics because you are being constantly bombarded with spectacle. But style can also help distract from the fact that you do not have a budget. Pretty much all of Female Prisoner #701: Scorpion takes place in one location and good chunks take place in a large dirt field, yet it is one of the most visually inventive films you will ever encounter. Even something as subtle as a colored light can make something cheap look interesting. The participation of a leading lady as magnetic as Meiko Kaji also helps too. I'm really excited to see where this series goes!

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