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film writing by nicholas vroman

The War and a Woman / Senso to Hitori no Onna / 戦争と一人の女

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250px-The_War_and_a_Woman-p1Koji Wakamatsu acolytes, Junichi Inoue and Haruhiko Arai, respectively director and screenwriter of Senso to Hitori no Onna, show how far the apples have fallen from the tree of the pinku political pioneer. Set at the end of World War II, the film follows two stories, one of world-weary lovers – dissipated writer Nomura (Masatoshi Nagase) and bartender/prostitute (Noriko Eguchi)  – who shack up together and decide to fuck until the war ends and another of a shell-shocked war veteran, Ohira (Jun Murakami), who becomes a serial rapist. The twin stories, ripped from the headlines, ultimately intersect in an unholy and clichéd union. Not a moment of screen time is wasted in portraying tired stereotypes and situations, ultimately telegraphing the fateful meeting of Noriko and Ohiru (note: she likes her sex rough and thus gets off on being raped). Worse, she comes to an emotional catharsis in a fit of vomiting. The casual sexism that pervades much of contemporary Japanese filmmaking gets fully exercised in this execrable piece of crap masquerading as edgy cinema.

Originally published in EL Magazine, May 2013

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  1. Just to let you know, japancinema.net ripped off your review. They are a dishonest review site who copy entire paragraphs from various other sites, combine them into a “new review”, and then post it as their own. Sometimes they add their own non-sense in the middle of it without even having seen the movie. They’ve done this to me and many others. This time they copied your entire review, added one paragraph from Twitch’s review, and one more paragraph from somewhere else.
    http://japancinema.net/2014/09/03/the-war-and-a-woman-review/

    The site does feature some original reviews as well, it seems, but several of their main contributors copy all their reviews from other sites. I’ve tried contacting them, but they ignore my emails and delete my reader comments (not surprising really). All I can do is try to let other people know when I see their reviews stolen.

    Mikko

    September 18, 2014 at 6:10 pm

    • Mikko, thanks for the heads up. What an odd thing to do – plagiarism, that is, and on the internet where it’s out there for all to see.

      Nicholas Vroman

      September 19, 2014 at 8:02 am


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