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Story of a Prostitute (1965)

Shunpu den (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Romance, War | 28 February 1965 (Japan)
In WW2 Manchuria, a prostitute grows to resent an abusive adjutant and falls in love with his aide.

Director:

Seijun Suzuki

Writers:

Hajime Takaiwa, Taijirô Tamura (story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tamio Kawaji Tamio Kawaji ... Shinkichi Mikami (as Tamio Kawachi)
Yumiko Nogawa Yumiko Nogawa ... Harumi
Isao Tamagawa Isao Tamagawa ... Narita
Shôichi Ozawa Shôichi Ozawa ... Akiyama
Toshio Sugiyama Toshio Sugiyama
Daisaburô Hirata Daisaburô Hirata
Tomiko Ishii Tomiko Ishii ... Yuriko
Kotoe Hatsui Kotoe Hatsui ... Tsuyuko
Kazuko Imai Kazuko Imai ... Sachiko
Tsutomu Shimomoto Tsutomu Shimomoto
Kaku Takashina Kaku Takashina ... Makita
Eimei Esumi Eimei Esumi ... Machida
Kayo Matsuo Kayo Matsuo ... Midori
Yûzô Kiura Yûzô Kiura
Keisuke Noro Keisuke Noro
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In WW2 Manchuria, a prostitute grows to resent an abusive adjutant and falls in love with his aide.

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Genres:

Drama | Romance | War

Certificate:

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

28 February 1965 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Story of a Prostitute See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Nikkatsu See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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This film is part of the Criterion Collection, spine #299. See more »

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Remake of Desertion at Dawn (1950) See more »

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Well done and depressing.
5 November 2013 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"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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