(aka 'Shunpu den' or 'Story of a Prostitute')

Japan 1965

  Volunteering as a “comfort woman” on the Manchurian front, where she is expected to service hundreds of soldiers, Harumi (Yumiko Nogawa) is commandeered by the brutal Lieutenant Narita (Isao Tamagawa) but falls for the sensitive Mikami (Tamio Kawachi), Narita’s direct subordinate. In this tragic love story, director Seijun Suzuki delivers a rule-bending take on the popular Taijiro Tamura novel, challenging military and fraternal codes of honor, as seen through Harumi’s eyes.


Theatrical Release: February 28th, 1965 - Tokyo

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Distribution Criterion Collection - Spine # 299 - Region 0 - NTSC
Runtime 1:36:09 
Video 2.45:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 7.76 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio Japanese (Dolby Digital 2.0) 
Subtitles English, None

Release Information:
Studio: Criterion / Home Vision

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 2.45:1

Edition Details:

• Exclusive new video interviews with director Seijun Suzuki, production designer Takeo Kimura, and film critic Tadao Sato
• New essay by film critic David Chute
• Original theatrical trailer

DVD Release Date: July 26th, 2005

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This is one case where I don't feel the screen captures do full justice to the digital image quality. This progressive DVD looks marvelous. Dusted gray's with stupendous shadow detail give a real filmic appearance to the image. Tight to the frame, the 2.45:1 widescreen image has a wonderful dark feel to it giving off textured grain that contrast well to the piercing blacks. Subtitles are, of course as per Criterion standard, excellent. Extras consistent of about 30:00 of interviews with Suzuki, production designer Takeo Kimura and film critic Tadao Sato. It is pure gold for Suzuki fans with interesting reminisces of the film and production methods of 40 years ago.


Suzuki's eccentric and unique style comes through really well in this film which I really enjoyed. A great DVD package and valued addition to your collection.  out of   

Gary W. Tooze


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