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Story of a Prostitute

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Wanting to escape Japan and a failed romance, young Tokyo beauty Harumi (Nogawa) volunteers to become a “comfort woman” on the Manchurian front, where her body will become the property of hundreds of lonely soldiers. Yet when a sadistic officer, Lieutenant Narita (Tamagawa), claims her as his private mistress, Harumi finds refuge in — and falls in love with — his kindly subordinate, Mikami (Kawachi).

Why we love it

Agony and ecstasy are dramatized at a fever pitch in Suzuki’s tragic, erotically charged “Story of a Prostitute,” based on a novel by Taijuro Tamura. Few filmmakers have Suzuki’s gift for flair, and his psychedelic gangster epics are justifiably famous. Here, he focuses on the stark choice faced by lovers in wartime: whether to choose personal passion over patriotic loyalty. With an unsentimental eye and a symbolic visual touch, Suzuki’s “Story” is a sizzling look at sex and love, duty and honor.

BEST MOVIES BY FARR is your personal guide to great movies to rent, stream, or buy; to watch at home or on-the-go. Led by film advocate John Farr, the Best Movies by Farr team works as a "quality filter" for the discerning moviegoer. Every day, we bring you the best of the best, the fantastic familiar films and hidden gems, to answer that age-old question: "What should we watch tonight?"