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28 February 1965 (Japan) See more »
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Directed by
Seijun Suzuki 
 
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Hajime Takaiwa 
Taijirô Tamura  story

Produced by
Kaneo Iwai .... producer
 
Original Music by
Naozumi Yamamoto 
 
Cinematography by
Kazue Nagatsuka 
 
Film Editing by
Akira Suzuki 
 
Production Design by
Takeo Kimura 
 
Production Management
Banri Sonoyama .... executive in charge of production
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Masami Kuzû .... assistant director
 
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Toshimi Katagiri .... sound
 
Special Effects by
Keiji Kaneda .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Masahiro Takashima .... gaffer
 

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"Shunpu den" - Japan (original title)
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West Germany:96 min | Japan:96 min
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Well done and depressing., 5 November 2013
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

"Sunpu Den" is a film from director Seijun Suzuki is both anti-war and anti-prostitution, as it paints a bleak story of a young woman, Harumi. The story begins with Harumi being dumped by her boyfriend. In reaction, she volunteers to be a 'comfort woman' on the Japanese front lines in China. The comfort women were prostitutes provided by the government for the troops--and this small group of women are to satisfy the sexual needs of a thousand men! To make things worse, the Adjutant in charge is a brutal jerk who mistreats the women. Harumi hates him, though she later falls in love with this man's assistant. What happens next is a tragic waste of life and is an indictment of the Japanese war machine.

This is what you might call a 'feel-bad movie'. It is meant to be sad and awful and it is. The film is compelling viewing but isn't nearly as good as other Japanese anti-war films like "Burmese Harp" or "Fires on the Plain". Very good but not great.

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