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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 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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Drama | Romance | War

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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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Very Gripping
23 August 2008 | by crossbow0106See all my reviews

This film centers on Harumi (the great Yumiko Nogawa), who is a "comfort woman" who goes to the Manchurian Front in China during the war to service the men fighting there. From the beginning you know she has nothing left to lose. As you would expect, this movie has scenes which are pretty brutal, including violence and rape. However, Mr. Suzuki makes this film's pacing so superb, you can look beyond this and just keep watching to see what will happen next. Harumi's reactions and expressions in this film are amazing, Ms. Nogawa gives a performance of a lifetime. You understand her struggle, but more so you understand her heart. She falls in love and you know its no lie. You want her to have some measure of happiness in what is depicted here as a very cruel world. Not everyone can watch this of course, its violent and its a war picture. But this film had me spellbound to the last frame, and that is a ringing endorsement.


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Country:

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Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

28 February 1965 (Japan) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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