Film #174: FEMALE PRISONER CAGED! aka JOSHU ORI
Female Prisoner: Caged! aka Joshu Ori
2.75 out of 5 stars
FEMALE PRISONER: CAGED! is a Nikkatsu “Roman porno” (aka “pinku”) film from 1983 which relies more on its sense of brutality than even attempting a coherent story. Directed by Masaru Konuma (NAGISA, XX: BEAUTIFUL HUNTER) and starring Min Asami, Nami Matsukawa, and a host of Japanese lovelies, CAGED is little more than an excuse for nudity, rape, torture, lesbianism, and brutality. The plot is like many “women in prison” flicks: a vicious warden, some lecherous guards, and female gangs vying for power. Anyone who’s seen these sorts of things knows what they’re getting before they ever hit “Play.” The difference here is that no one does perverted quite like the Japanese (ok, well.. maybe the Germans, but you get the idea). The plot is basically a series of set pieces with an ultra-thin veneer of story (most porn has a more realized narrative structure). So, for what it is… FEMALE PRISONER: CAGED! does what it sets out to do quite well: be provocative, be lurid, and to dance along the line between good taste and bad. Admittedly, these types of films are not for everyone. Those with aversion to the aforementioned cinematic traits should steer clear, but the “Roman porno” genre did well in its day and it serves as an interesting cultural footnote. Rentable… but only if you’re know what you’re getting yourself into.