• Film ID:
  • 13607
  • Availability:
  • DVD Available from Shop
  • Film cert:
  • Running time:
  • DVD=95 min.
  • Nationality(ies):
  • Japan.
  • Primary Language(s):
  • Japanese.
RED ANGEL (1966)
(Akai tenshi)
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Set in the Sino-Japanese war, Yasuzo Masumura's black-and-white anti-war film tells of an army nurse who sexually services an amputee and falls in love with a drug-addicted surgeon. This can't be recommended to the squeamish, but neither can its nuanced eroticism nor its passionate, unpredictable moral focus, be easily shaken off. Comparable with Altman's MASH, it suggests a less comic treatment of the same theme, how to preserve one's humanity in impossible circumstances, but its ethics are considerably more developed. A shocking and controversial masterpiece.
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