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28 February 1965 (Japan) See more »
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In WW2 Manchuria, a prostitute grows to resent an abusive adjutant and falls in love with his aide. | Add synopsis »
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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
 
Sound Department
Toshimi Katagiri .... sound
 
Special Effects by
Keiji Kaneda .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Masahiro Takashima .... gaffer
 

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Also Known As:
"Shunpu den" - Japan (original title)
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West Germany:96 min | Japan:96 min
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Remake of Desertion at Dawn (1950)See more »

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I really need to see the restored DVD, 1 December 2010
Author: Michael Neumann from United States

There's a strong indictment of Japanese militarism (and, by extension, male brutality towards women) in this melodramatic story of an army whore following the Emperor's troops into Manchuria. The strict code of military etiquette allows the long-suffering protagonist to serve enlisted men by day and only officers at night, one of whom (a sadistic, possessive martinet) becomes insanely jealous after she falls in love with a common foot soldier. The scenario often descends to histrionic overkill; at one point the heroine is seen running unscathed through a mortar and machine gun torn battlefield to be reunited with her lover, just before the two of them are captured by enemy troops. But director Seijun Suzuki compensates for the occasional over-plotting with some surprising stylistic tics and flourishes, although the ultimate effectiveness of the film has been sadly compromised by a deteriorated print, with often illegible subtitles. (Note: this was at a screening well before the advent of DVD technology, in Berkeley California back in the late 1980s)

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