Red Angel (1966)
"Akai tenshi" (original title)

 |  Drama, Romance, War  |  1 July 1971 (USA)
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During the Sino-Japanese War, a young army nurse gives sympathy to her patients and falls in love with an impotent doctor who's addicted to morphine.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ayako Wakao ...
Nurse Sakura Nishi
Shinsuke Ashida ...
Dr. Okabe
Yûsuke Kawazu ...
Pvt. Orihara
Ranko Akagi ...
Head Nurse Iwashima
Jôtarô Senba ...
Private Sakamoto
Daihachi Kita ...
Private Nogami
Jun Osanai ...
Special Duty Sergeant Major
Daigo Inoue ...
Advance Guard Company's Fifth Chief
Takashi Nakamura ...
Head of infantry
Kenichi Tani ...
Wounded soldier
Kisao Tobita ...
Naomasa Kawashima ...
Ayako Ikegami ...
Nurse Tsurusaki
Kyôsuke Shiho ...
Chinese Boy
Shin Minatsu ...


In 1939, Sakura Nishi is a young army nurse who is sent to the field hospitals in China during the Sino-Japanese war. She has to assist the surgeon Dr. Okabe with an incredible number of amputations. In the crowded wards, she gives sympathy to some of the soldiers, including sexually servicing one who has lost both arms and has no hope of returning home. She falls in love with Dr. Okabe, and follows him to the front, even though he is impotent from his morphine addiction. Written by Will Gilbert

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1 July 1971 (USA)  »

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2.35 : 1
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Blood, Guts and Nurse Nishi
5 September 1999 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

Red Angel is a very interesting and strange movie which could make the staunchest warmonger into a pacifist with bloody sights that might delight Mexican/American director Robert Rodriguez. A beautiful, sensual nurse named Nishi battles the 1939 war in China and her own repulsion to its inhuman violence by making love to an amputee and falling in love with a drug-addicted doctor. Be ready for the screams of surgery with no anesthetic and the sight of saws being used to cut off limbs. A little soft core, a lot of action, enough blood to make you happy the film is in black and white. Still . . . it's always worthwhile to take a look at the world through another culture's eyes.

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