It Only Happens in the Movies?
Japanese Cinema and Encounters
30 January to 26 March 2015
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