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The Red Angel (1966)

Akai tenshi (original title)
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.


Yasuzô Masumura


Yoriyoshi Arima (novel), Ryôzô Kasahara




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


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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Drama | Romance | War


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The film contains some gruesome sequences of surgery without anaesthetic and the removal of limbs with saws. Not for the squeamish. See more »

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Blood, Guts and Nurse Nishi
5 September 1999 | by Lin-4See 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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Release Date:

1 July 1971 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

Daiei Studios See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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