Red angel

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Yasuzo Masumura’s no-bullshit antiwar film tells of an army nurse who falls in love with a drug-addicted surgeon. Sakura Nishi is a Japanese nurse in China during the Sino-Japanese war. One evening after entering the ward she is overpowered by her patients and raped. Then she is sent to field hospital and there she falls in love with doctor Okabe. There she surprisingly comes into contact with the soldier who raped her before. Instead of seeking revenge . she pleads with Okabe to do their best to save him. Shot in hauntingly beautiful black and white, Red Angel has an episodic structure and uses Nishi’s encounters with different patients to explore how the war affects the men and society as a whole in different ways.  One of the film’s strongest assets and statements is showing the unflinching carnage that war creates via its scenes of battle wounded soldiers . 

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