True Story of a Woman in Jail: Continues is a sequel to a previous Nikkatsu film I reviewed a few months ago, True Story of a Woman in Jail: Sex Hell. This film picks up with Mayumi, the tough girl from the first film, as she gets out of solitary confinement. There’s a new batch of girls in the prison now, and she has to deal with the hazing and other juvenile crap all over again. Her story has changed however…
In this film, Mayumi’s back story is that her and her mother were raped, and Mayumi went on a revenge kick, trying to kill the men who raped them. She succeeds initially, but is eventually captured by the family of one of the men and sent to prison. There’s a new batch of girls in the prison now, and a crooked guard who is working with (and having sex with) the head female prisoner. Their scam is that they molest new prisoners who will likely be getting out soon while he photographs it secretly. Then he sells those photos to the mob, and when the girls get out of prison, the mob is there waiting for them. They blackmail the girls with the photos and force them into prostitution.
To get to that point in the story takes exactly 38 minutes. I know, because I remember thinking to myself, "Finally they get to some kind of an actual story!". At that point, I looked down at the timer in the player out of curiosity and saw that it had taken 38 minutes to get to that point.
Unfortunately, whereas the first film was quite good, this one has a weak story that’s all over the place, and rehashes the same old plot items from the first film. Bathroom encounters, guard / prisoner sex, a prisoner gets pregnant, Mayumi beats the crap out of her and forces a miscarriage, etc…. The only thing this film brings to the table that’s original at all is the change in Mayumi’s back story, the inclusion of her mother in that story and the whole Yakuza prostitution thing. Generally though, for the most part it all feels like a lackluster and failed attempt to re-create the successes of the first film. If the story had contained any feeling of originality it would have worked much better, but it really just felt like there wasn’t a lot of thought put into creating a quality sequel, which is disappointing, because I enjoyed the first one quite a bit and I was really looking forward to seeing this one as well.
Despite what I’ve said here, this isn’t a horrible film. It’s really not that bad, it just feels like it lacks any real creativity or originality. Whoever wrote the script just sort of phoned it in rather than putting any real thought into making an actual sequel. When you throw a movie together to play off the popularity of a previous film, or just to get a film out there quick to make some money, it really shows. That’s what happened in this case apparently. Again, it’s not a bad film, but it is lacking.
For the completist, you’ll want to have this film in your Nikkatsu collection. If you liked the first film, you’ll probably enjoy this one as well, though I’m betting you won’t enjoy it nearly as much. If you haven’t seen the first film, you’ll likely enjoy this one more, because you don’t have the first one to compare it to. Is it worth having? Sure. As I said, it’s not a bad film, it just doesn’t rise up to the levels the first one achieved. Even the worst of the Nikkatsu films I’ve reviewed thus far have had some appeal and a certain entertainment value that varies from film to film. Some are more amusing, others are more shocking, some are just bizarre, but all are entertaining on some level. If you like Japanese sexploitation films, this isn’t a bad collection to have.