A grim look at love from Seijun Suzuki. Suzuki is often placed under such classical driectors as Mizoguchi, Naruse, Kurosawa and Ozu. It's no surprise either. It's not Suzuki's talent itself, but the material he works with. Story of a Prostitute is a grim, realistic and fare look at military hypocrisy. The story even rings true today, with supposedly honorable men performing cruel acts (see Taxi to the Darkside). The film is a mixture of subtle visuals but heavy handed acting and writing. The most engrossing scene was when the young soldier is treated kindly by the enemy. The film talks a lot about honor and love and even love as a form of possession. As a first Suzuki film for me, I'll certainly be checking out more.