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Story of a Prostitute

Seijun Suzuki

 
Story of a Prostitute (Criterion DVD)

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  • Japan
  • 1965
  • 96 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 2.35:1
  • Japanese
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  • Spine #299

Volunteering as a “comfort woman” on the Manchurian front, where she is expected to service hundreds of soldiers, Harumi is commandeered by the brutal Lieutenant Narita but falls for the sensitive Mikami, Narita’s direct subordinate. Seijun Suzuki’s Story of a Prostitute is a tragic love story as well as a rule-bending take on a popular Taijiro Tamura novel, challenging military and fraternal codes of honor, as seen through Harumi’s eyes.

Cast

Private Mikami Tamio Kawachi
HarumiYumiko Nogawa
Lieutenant NaritaIsao Tamagawa
Sergeant AkiyamaShoichi Ozawa
YurikoTomiko Ishikawa
SachikoKazuko Imai
SakaeMegumi Wakaba
MidoriKayo Matsuo
UnoKentaro Kaji

Credits

DirectorSeijun Suzuki
ScreenplayHajime Takaiwa
Based on a story byTaijiro Tamura
ProducerKaneo Iwai
CinematographyKazue Nagatsuka
Production designTakeo Kimura
LightingMasahiro Takamatsu
EditingAkira Suzuki
MusicNaozumi Yamamoto
Assistant directorMasami Kuzuu

Disc Features

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer
  • Exclusive new video interviews with director Seijun Suzuki, production designer Takeo Kimura, and film critic Tadao Sato
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • Plus: a new essay by film critic David Chute

    New cover by Neil Kellerhouse

Film Essays

Story of a Prostitute

By David Chute July 25, 2005

The first shot of the protagonist in Story of a Prostitute will look oddly familiar to fans of Japanese action films: an isolated, kimono-clad figure striding across a barren, almost volcanic . . . Read more »

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Film Essays

Story of a Prostitute

By David Chute July 25, 2005

The first shot of the protagonist in Story of a Prostitute will look oddly familiar to fans of Japanese action films: an isolated, kimono-clad figure striding across a barren, almost volcanic . . . Read more »