NYFF Velvet Bullets and Steel Kisses: Celebrating the Nikkatsu Centennial

Suzaki Paradise: Red Light

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Suzaki Paradise: Red Light
Suzaki Paradise: Aka Shingo | Yuzo Kawashima, 1956
Japan | Japanese with English subtitles | Format: 35mm | 81 minutes

An unwed couple takes refuge in a Tokyo red-light district in this matter-of-fact look at the seamier side of life from key transitional director Yuzo Kawashima. Yoshigi (Mihashi Tatsuya) sells noodles while his companion Tsutue (Aratama Michiyo) slings sake, but it’s easy come, easy go when Tsutue’s eyes wander to another man. This was Kawashima’s personal favorite among his films, and its open embrace of its prole characters was doubtless an influence on its assistant director, Shohei Imamura.

Series: NYFF Velvet Bullets and Steel Kisses: Celebrating the Nikkatsu Centennial

Venue: New York Film Festival

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