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Film Review: Story of a Prostitute (1965) by Seijun Suzuki

Film Review: Story of a Prostitute (1965) by Seijun Suzuki

A year after the great “Gate of Flesh“, Seijun Suzuki returned with “Story of a Prostitute”, the second part of what later came to be known as the “Flesh Trilogy”. Like the former, this one is also based on a story by Taijiro Tamura and deals with women who make a living by selling their flesh.

Angry at her lover who marries another woman, the prostitute Harumi (Yumiko Nogawa) decides to become a “comfort woman” (i.e. army prostitute) in Manchuria and service the Japanese Imperial army in their war with China. Quickly after arriving at the army outpost and starting her new dehumanizing job, Harumi is liked by the brutal unit adjutant lieutenant Narita (Isao Tamagawa) who wants to make her his. Yet, to spite him, she starts paying attention to his quiet and shy aide, Mikami (Tamio Kawachi). Though initially repelled by her, the young

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