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28 February 1965 (Japan) See more »
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 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
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
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Remake of Desertion at Dawn (1950)See more »


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4 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
can't disguise a B movie, 30 April 2009
Author: hendersonhall from United States

No, not perfectly awful (that would rate a 1), but bad enough. I can't understand all the ooh's and ah's about what's no more than B-movie trash. Some good lighting, well-composed frames (along with, sad to say, some overly artsy ones), and nice camera movement can't disguise a bad script. The good-girl-prostitute-in love is laughably unrealistic; her supposed motivation, set at the beginning, and her desire to have sex with just about everyone in revenge for the man who spurned her is ridiculous, as is her love for the one soldier who can't tolerate her; the villain's snarling is out of the most overacted silent films; and the patriotic soldier (I won't give away what happens to him) who is supposed to help convey an anti- war theme is clunky. Want anti-war? Try All Quiet on the Western Front, Grand Illusion, and Cross of Iron! As for the title prostitute, it's the sort of nonsense men used to write about women, prostitutes and others; probably still do, but I no longer read it. The DVD's Japanese critic who talks about the film and director said that 90% is what the studio wanted from the director and 10% is the originality the director provided. I'll take his word for that, but 10% isn't enough to make gold from trash. Hmm. Maybe I should have given it a 1 after all.

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