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The Girl of the Silence


This unfortunately titled work is a critically acclaimed look at sexual abuse, based on the real-life experiences of comic book artist Shungiku Uchida, as told in her controversial best-seller. When the young Shizuko (Mami Nakamura) learns that she is pregnant after an encounter with a classmate, her thuggish stepfather (Michio Akiyama) rapes her as punishment. Soon such abuse becomes routine, as her mother (Kaori Momoi), a vampish club singer, roils in spite: her silence allows the atrocities to...more