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Film directed by Suzuki Seijun tells the story of a prostitute Harumi who was working in Manchuria during Sino-Japanese war. She found there love which took her to the end. Edit Translation
- Bahasa Indonesia
A woman, upset by the breakup of a love affair, travels with the Japanese army to China during World War II to act as a "woman of comfort." In reality, comfort women were typically non-Japanese women kidnapped and forced into prostitution after their villages or towns were invaded by the powerful Japanese army. This woman, however, goes because "I want to press against many men" to forget the true love that left her. She travels to an outpost in the country and starts work immediately. Women become a hesitant group of girlfriends, neither of whom is very upset about their fate. She falls in love with a silent "perfect soldier" who fits every whim of her superior, a drunken jester, who ironically becomes wounded with our heroine, Harumi.
To fall for the prostitute would be to disobey the orders of her superior. What is an ambitious soldier to do? Prostitutes are despised, and our heroine, in kind, despises men who blindly follow the orders of their superiors. There is a strong sense of Japanese pride everywhere. Or is it the Japanese ridicule on how a soldier acts in times of war? Especially important is the Japanese idea of surrender v. Suicide.
Suzuki went on to take pictures of Yakuza and this is considered his masterpiece Kubrickiana. There are freezes, lighting effects in white and an incredible scene in which Harumi crosses a battlefield in search of his lover who is thought to be dead in a tail. She is wearing full Japanese clothes, sandals, and kimono and crossing and destroying as the bombs move around her in brilliant white flashes. The camera accompanies her for what appears to be a full mile. The film is somewhat experimental for the modern audience and assumes that the viewer knows where Japanese social norms diverge from Westerners.
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