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Story of a Prostitute (1965)

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

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Tamio Kawaji ... Shinkichi Mikami (as Tamio Kawachi)
Yumiko Nogawa ... Harumi
Isao Tamagawa ... Narita
Shôichi Ozawa ... Akiyama
Toshio Sugiyama
Daisaburô Hirata
Tomiko Ishii ... Yuriko
Kotoe Hatsui ... Tsuyuko
Kazuko Imai ... Sachiko
Tsutomu Shimomoto
Kaku Takashina ... Makita
Eimei Esumi ... Machida
Kayo Matsuo ... Midori
Yûzô Kiura
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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Suzuki is a master of the medium
11 August 2005 | by See all my reviews

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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