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Carmen from Kawachi (1966)

Kawachi Karumen (original title)
Like a girl runaway, Tsuyu moves to Osaka to work as a bar hostess. She meets the owner of a model school, Yoko, and seriously thinks about becoming a fashion model. Yoko tells her that she... See full summary »

Director:

Seijun Suzuki

Writers:

Tôkô Kon (novel), Katsumi Miki (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Yumiko Nogawa Yumiko Nogawa ... Tsuyuko Takeda
Kôji Wada Kôji Wada ... Akira Sakata
Tamio Kawaji Tamio Kawaji ... Seiji Takano (as Tamio Kawachi)
Chikako Miyagi Chikako Miyagi ... Kiku Takeda
Ruriko Itô Ruriko Itô ... Senko Takeda
Kayo Matsuo Kayo Matsuo ... Yukie
Yûko Kusunoki Yûko Kusunoki ... Yoko Kashima
Keisuke Noro Keisuke Noro
Hiroshi Chô Hiroshi Chô
Etsuko Wada Etsuko Wada
Yôko Yokota Yôko Yokota
Hajime Sugiyama Hajime Sugiyama
Kenji Shimamura Kenji Shimamura
Takashi Koshiba Takashi Koshiba
Hiroshi Takao Hiroshi Takao
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Like a girl runaway, Tsuyu moves to Osaka to work as a bar hostess. She meets the owner of a model school, Yoko, and seriously thinks about becoming a fashion model. Yoko tells her that she can move in to Yoko's house to take lessons, while making a living at the same time. One night, the bisexual Yoko tries to assult her while she's asleep. Tsuyu runs away to the house of Yoko's sex friend, Seiji. Soon, she moves to Bon, her first lover's place. Bon has a dream, to start a hot spring somewhere in the mountains. Tsuyu approaches a wealthy money lender to encourage him to invest in Bon's dream. However, the guy has a fetish for film porn, and she is forced to act as a porn actress. Surprisingly, the actor who rapes her in the film is Akira who's been hired for a small amount of money. A few days later, the money lender dies in an accident and Tsuyu takes over his wealth. Becoming rich overnight, she returns to her native village. But the reality that her mother's lover, a lecherous ... Written by Nikkatsu

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

5 February 1966 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Carmen from Kawachi See more »

Filming Locations:

Kawachi, Osaka, Japan See more »

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Nikkatsu See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Classic lurid early Seijun Suzuki
17 February 2018 | by nmegaheySee all my reviews

Exploitation of traditional cinematic narrative devices - or just plain exploitation - is a field where veteran director Seijun Sukuki excels, and in Carmen from Kawachi he applies his unique stylisations wonderfully to the idealisation of the big city/country divide so popular in Japanese cinema. Having been taken advantage of back home (gang raped) and having seen her mother prostitute herself to a wealthy local businessman, Tsuyuko has no option but to sell herself as well, but chooses to do it on her own terms, leaving life on the mountain to work as a hostess in a night club in Osaka.

Although we get a wonderful Japanese swinging 60s' rendition of the Habanera at Club Dada, Tsuyuko 's life as a cabaret dancer is more Lulu than Carmen, hooking up with a love-struck client, a lesbian fashion designer, an artist, an old flame from home and then a rich man, but Suzuki at least spares her the traditional tragic fate of opera's fallen women. Shot in black-and-white widescreen with some highly stylised sequences and a New Wave sensibility, Carmen from Kawachi's is as lurid and colourful as any of Seijun Suzuki's later work.


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