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Red Angel (1966)

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Red Angel

Yasuzo Masumura | Japan | 1966 | Unclassified (15+)


Wed 11 Sep 2024

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Based on the novel by Yoriyoshi Arima, Masumura’s most internationally celebrated film is also the peak of his 20 collaborations with actor Ayako Wakao. Set during the Second Sino-Japanese War, its narrative concerns an army nurse (Wakao) who, after being assaulted by a patient, begins performing sexual favours for others, questioning how to retain her humanity during the most inhumane events. A confronting and ethically complex film, “neither its nuanced eroticism nor its passionate, unpredictable moral focus can be easily shaken off” (Jonathan Rosenbaum).

Format: 4K DCP
Language: Japanese with English subtitles
Source: Kadokawa
Runtime: 95 mins

Event duration

95 mins


Unclassified (15+)


Cinema 1, Level 2
ACMI, Fed Square

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