NYFF Velvet Bullets and Steel Kisses: Celebrating the Nikkatsu Centennial

The Oldest Profession aka Confidential Report: Sex Market

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The Oldest Profession aka Confidential Report: Sex Market
Maruhi: Shikijo mesu ichiba | Noboru Tanaka, 1974
Japan | Japanese with English subtitles | Format: 35mm | 83 minutes

In this compelling character study infused with dark humor, Meika Seri stars as a strong-willed lady of the night trying to survive her line of work and dysfunctional family in 1970s Osaka. Told through a series of vignettes, it features outlandish counterculture cameos by dancer/political activist Genshu Hanayagi (of Eat the Kimono notoriety) and poet Sakumi Hagiwara. With inventive camerawork and mood-specific chromatic changes, it’s a standout by Roman Porno master director Noboru Tanaka.

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

Venue: New York Film Festival

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