In the shady black markets and bombed-out hovels of post-WWII Tokyo, a band of prostitutes eke out an existence, maintaining tenuous friendships and a semblance of order. But when a renegade ex-soldier stumbles into their midst, lusts and loyalties clash, with tragic results.
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There is such a distinct sense of environment and place but no real sense of home. Suzuki brings the violence of this lifestyle to the forefront by depicting violence and sexuality being almost inseparable for these women. The code that they live by actually makes anything resembling real passion the girls' enemy. The girls affections for the soldier brilliantly signifies the damaged state Japan was in.
Drama de serie B que engloba trama policial, explotación sexual y más que evidente crítica socio-política. Nihilismo y reivindicación de los placeres carnales tienen lugar en esta obra de culto.
("¿Qué tiene la vida aparte de comida y sexo?", dice Shi, ladrón y ex soldado que convive con el pequeño grupo de prostitutas que figuran en el filme).
A pretty ballsy movie, even more so in the 60's. I read that no Nikkatsu actress wanted to take part in the film because of the nudity and psychological violence so the studio had to hire outside help. It really makes you think women are just as savage as men. Suzuki makes zero compromise in this very bleak movie. I found it beautifully photographed too.
A very interesting film, if not a great one. It has a very unconventional storyline: a group of prostitutes in postwar Tokyo take in a crazed returnee from the war. And they all fall in love with him, even though he’s a bit of an asshat. Whatever. The movie’s filmed and edited in a really revolutionary style, especially for Japan. But ultimately, the storyline can’t really hold up a full movie.