It Only Happens in the Movies?

Japanese Cinema and Encounters

30 January to 26 March 2015

Belfast
Birmingham
Bristol
Derby
Dundee
Edinburgh

Kendal
London
Newcastle upon Tyne
Nottingham
Sheffield

Carmen from Kawachi

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

Director: Seijun Suzuki
Yumiko Nogawa, Ruriko Ito, Chikako Miyagi, Michio Hino, Masakazu Kuwayama
1966, 89min, English subtitles

Showing at:

ICA
15 February 2003

Showroom Cinema
15 March 2005

Queen's Film Theatre
15 February 2008

Tyneside Cinema
15 March 2011

QUAD
15 February 2014

Dundee Contemporary Arts
15 February 2022

Filmhouse
15 February 2028