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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.

Director:

Yasuzô Masumura

Writers:

Yoriyoshi Arima (novel), Ryôzô Kasahara
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ayako Wakao ... Nurse Sakura Nishi
Shinsuke Ashida Shinsuke Ashida ... Dr. Okabe
Yûsuke Kawazu ... Pvt. Orihara
Ranko Akagi Ranko Akagi ... Head Nurse Iwashima
Jôtarô Senba 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
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Storyline

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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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

1 July 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Red Angel See more »

Company Credits

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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Tenshi translates to "between heaven & hell" that is the position between the characters morphine addiction , his love of getting high is causing his impotence. See more »

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Important and enthralling film
27 October 2007 | by christopher-underwoodSee all my reviews

Extremely tough little b/w gem from director, Masumura. It's 1939 and the Japanese are fighting in China, to not very much effect. We follow the efforts of those in field hospitals desperately trying to pick up the pieces when each load of war injured is raced back from the front line. Limbs are sawn off and bullets removed, all without aesthetic but plenty of blood and screams. Amid it all our heroine struggles to recover from her early rape by patients and the requests of the desperate and dying. This movie is so well put together that it is only afterwards you wonder just how that scene where she allows the handless man to feel her with his feet or make her senior a 'man again', without it seeming incongruous within this tale of death and destruction. With the blatant misogynism, nudity, explicit surgery, bondage, drug taking and even cross dressing, not to mention the inherent criticism of the Japanese stance, it is a wonder this film got made, distributed and survived. Important and enthralling film.


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