Part of the 2015 season: It Only Happens in the Movies?

Carmen from Kawachi

Director Seijun Suzuki

Cast Yumiko Nogawa, Ruriko Ito, Chikako Miyagi, Michio Hino, Masakazu Kuwayama

1966, 89min, English subtitles

河内カルメン (Kawachi Karumen)

Swapping country life for the big city, young Tsuyuko (aka Carmen) escapes her miserable life at home to travel to Osaka, becoming a hugely popular nightclub singer with men falling at her feet. This experimental, new wave film by iconoclastic director Seijun Suzuki (Tokyo Drifter, Branded to Kill) is the third and final part of his women-centered ‘Flesh Trilogy’ (along with Gate of Flesh and Story of a Prostitute) starring Yumiko Nogawa as the titular Carmen, Suzuki’s favourite collaborator.

Showing at: ICA, London; QFT, Belfast; QUAD, Derby; Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee; Filmhouse, Edinburgh; Showroom Cinema; Sheffield; Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle upon Tyne.

Distributor: Nikkatsu Corporation

Images © 1966 Nikkatsu Corporation

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