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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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  (in credits order)

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 »
Sound Mix:
Germany:16 (re-rating) (uncut) | USA:Not Rated | West Germany:18 (cut)

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Remake of Desertion at Dawn (1950)See more »


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17 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Suzuki is a master of the medium, 11 August 2005
Author: zetes from Saint Paul, MN

Most likely the closest Suzuki ever got to making a prestige film. It probably wasn't viewed as such at the time, as it was a remake of a movie called Escape at Dawn that was generally considered a classic at the time (it was scripted by Akira Kurosawa and directed by Senkichi Taniguchi in 1950). Story of a Prostitute seemed like a much more lurid version of the older film. Both were anti-war pictures, but Escape at Dawn was romantic and tragic. Story of a Prostitute is harsh and cynical. Its scenes are often comic, which clashes with the standard view of war. In an interview on the new Criterion disc, Suzuki, a veteran himself, says that he found a lot of black humor and absurdity in his wartime experience. All three of WWII-themed films I've seen from him, which cover the pre-war (Fighting Elegy), the actual war (Story of a Prostitute), and post-war (Gate of Flesh) periods all incorporate some level of absurd, black comedy. The three films actually make a good trilogy (the rest I've seen are all yakuza or crime films). Story of a Prostitute is a very powerful anti-war film, though it is lurid and not nearly as powerful as something like, say, Kobayashi's The Human Condition. Yumiko Nogawa, who also starred in Gate of Flesh, gives a fantastic performance. But it is, as usual, Suzuki's supreme visual skills – in black and white in this instance – that make the film a stunning and memorable experience. His artistic imagination in cinematographic matters is nearly unsurpassed in the entire realm of cinema.

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