Written by: Michael Den Boer on January 10th, 2009
Theatrical Release Date: Japan, September 16th, 1983
Director: Masaru Konuma
Writer: Osamu Murakami
Cast: Mina Asami, Nami Matsukawa, Shigeru Muroi, Ryoko Watanabe, Hitomi Yuri
DVD released: January 27th, 2009
Approximate running time: 68 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo Japanese
DVD Release: Mondo Macabro
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $24.95
Female Prisoner: Caged! was directed by Masaru Konuma whose other notable films within the Roman porno genre include Flower & Snake ‘74′, Cloistered Nun: Runa’s Confession, Erotic Diary of an Office Lady, Tattooed Flower Vase and Wife to be Sacrificed. Visually Female Prisoner: Caged! is filled with a lot style. There are three standout set pieces, a sex scene involving a prison guard and a priest, Masayo’s reuniting with her lover in front of a prison guard and the film’s brutal ending. While there is plenty to enjoy in Female Prisoner: Caged! the end result is not as satisfying when compared to Masaru Konuma’s best films like, Flower & Snake ‘74′ and Wife to be Sacrificed.
Even from a WIP (Women in Prison) stand point the film struggles to find its identity. The story plods along at a tedious pace with shocking moments like gang rapes and golden showers popping up every now and then to keep things interesting. Outside of your cliché WIP scenario’s the plot is nonexistent. Also Female Prisoner: Caged! like so many of Nikkatsu Studios Roman porno’s from the 1980’s suffers from lack of budget. Another one of the film’s flaws is that the cast all seem to go through the motions. The only performance of note is the actress that plays the prison guard who sleeps with a priest. Ultimately Female Prisoner: Caged! lacks the depth and perversion that is present in Masaru Konuma bests films.
Mondo Macabro presents Female Prisoner: Caged! in an anamorphic widescreen that preserves the film’s original 1.85:1 aspect ratio. This progressive flagged transfer has nicely saturated colors and details look sharp throughout. Overall this is another strong transfer from Mondo Macabro.
This release comes with one audio option a Dolby Digital Stereo mix in Japanese and removable English subtitles have been included. The audio sounds clear and evenly balanced. There are no problems with distortion or any other audio defects. Overall the audio fares well all around.
Some of the extras included on this release like a text piece about Nikkatsu Studios, a twenty four minute documentary titled “The Erotic Empire” and trailers for Female Prisoner: Caged!, Watcher in the Attic, Naked Rashomon, the Sins of Sister Lucia and Assault! Jack the Ripper, these extras also appear on the Mondo Macabro DVD release’s for Assault! Jack the Ripper and Watcher in the Attic. Extras new to this release are a trailer for The Prosperities of the Vice, two text pieces, one about Female Prisoner: Caged! and the other about director Masaru Konuma. Other extras include a eleven minute interview with Jasper Sharp who discusses Female Prisoner: Caged! and the films of Masaru Konuma. Rounding out the extras is the ever expanding Mondo Macabro preview trailer which includes clips from titles they have currently released or about to release. Overall Female Prisoner: Caged! is another exceptional release from Mondo Macabro.