Insect Women

Oct 30, 2007

Shohei Imamura, 1963, Japan, 35mm, 123 min

Tome, a uneducated farming woman, leaves near-poverty and small town incest for Tokyo. She soon becomes first a factory worker and then a prostitute. After WWII, she attempts to work her way into the position of a madam, but is unsuccessful. While she commits many acts that are traditionally considered immoral, Imamura is more concerned with portraying the woman, played by a 40-year-old prostitute, as a survivor.

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