Story of a Prostitute (The Criterion Collection)
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The wind is pulling Harumi's hair while she stares into her uncertain future. Aimlessly she begins to wander downhill of a remote desert mountain. Emptiness and loneliness are the first two things that strike the audience when observing Harumi walking straight into the desert. The eerie score enhances the despair and desperate feelings that Harumi must experience. This symbolical opening presents the idea of her isolation within the society and the hopelessness of her situation. However, halfway down the mountain she trips, stands up, and as if she has been reborn, she turns around and walks back into the civilization.Read more ›
Pitting a philosophical and silent soldier, Mikami, against superiors who demand obedience and conformity, Suzuki guarantees a disaster around the unfair view of Japanese loyalty. Whether part of a samurai clan or a conventional army, the issue of loyalty as a way to instill an artificial sense of honor has been experimented by many directors. Suzuki introduces a welcome change in this theme by introducing a prostitute as a source of ill-will between Mikami, and his superior, the adjutant Narita. Unexpectedly, instead of fueling jealousy between the two military men, the culprit is prostitute, Harumi, who falls in love with Mikami despite being forced to please Narita every night. Angered by the little attention that Mikami often pays to her, she grants Narita ample suspicion that Mikami is fooling around with his prostitute during his "time" with her.
In its mere 90 minute run-time, the film tries to engage us in a romance, a debate on loyalty, and the nature of prostitution and of the "comfort woman." Suzuki is just not interested in spending time developing any of these aspects as that would make this work like any other drama. He goes for the unexpected and he delivers. Yet, his ending has a comical absurdity that is just not in tune with all the emotions that have been developed prior to the climax.Read more ›
She only gets pseudo poked with a rifle when she dares to mention the Emperor so you see all those bayonet scars on the nonJapanese Comfort Women were a result of their taking God's name in vain. ;)
"Gee, I wonder if I can handle a 1000 men?"
"Look at us! We can do it!"
I'm gonna say this belongs in a boxed set with Germany's Titanic.
COINCIDENTALLY, Turner Classic Movies chose to air this right after a rare screening of Goddess.
Similar to the Battle Royale films, this film is very growly Japanese so you may want to lower the volume.
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SHUNPU DEN (STORY OF A PROSTITUTE; JOY GIRLS). Less Than Second Rate.
Rating = **
Director: Seijun Suzuki
Producer: Kaneo Iwai
1965... Read more
an amazing story that follows a prostitute during WWII in MANSCHURIA,,,,,set against a great
background, the acting is heart wrenching and the direction superb,,,,,,
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