A PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT
I hope I’m not coming across too dickish here, but I feel that the time is right to clear something up real quick. Meiko Kaji is not the actress pictured in either of the images above.
After Meiko did the 4th installment of the Female Prisoner Scorpion (Sasori) series, 1973’s Female Convict Scorpion: Grudge Song (女囚さそり ７０１号怨み節), she quit the franchise, and the franchise kept going without her.
In 1976, director Yutaka Kohira, who was an assistant director on the first and last Meiko Kaji starring installments of the series took over the director’s chair for the fifth installment: New Female Prisoner Scorpion (新女囚さそり ７０１号). This fifth film in the series stars Yumie Takagawa (多岐川裕美) as Nami Matsushima, pictured in the first two images above.
Then, in 1977 Kohira added another entry into the series, New Female Prisoner Scorpion: Cellblock X (新 女囚 さそり 特殊 房 x), with a whole new cast and crew. This one stars Yoko Natsuki (夏樹陽子) as Nami, pictured in the third image here.
Since then, there have been other Women In Prison films that use the name Scorpion in the title, but as far as I know they have little/nothing to do with this original series.
It’s not that it bothers me to see images from these films under the Meiko Kaji tag, but I figure it’s something people ought to know.
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TL;DR: That’s not Meiko Kaji.