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The Insect Woman covers 45 years in the life of long-suffering Japanese woman Tome Matsuki, played brilliantly by Sachiko Hidari. Thrust into the cold world at age 20, the pregnant Tome takes a factory job. She gives this up for the relative comfort of the life of an American GI's mistress. Once her American benefactor heads home, she seeks shelter in a house of prostitution, eventually becoming the Madam. Late in life, she is introduced to the daughter she'd abandoned years earlier, whose life has followed pretty much the same path as her mother's had. The winner of 14 Japanese film awards, The Insect Woman details the decline of cultural values as mirrored by one single misspent life. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Berlin International Film Festival Sachiko Hidari Silver Bear for Best Actress 1964 Winner

Cast

Sachiko Hidari
as Tome Matsuki
Jitsuko Yoshimura
as Nobuko
Hiroyuki Nagato
as Matsunami
Seizaburo Kawazu
as Karasawa
Kazuo Kitamura
as Chuji
Taiji Tonoyama
as Foreman
Sumie Sasaki
as En
Asao Koike
as Sawakichi
Masumi Harukawa
as Midori
Tanie Kitabayashi
as Madam
Shoichi Ozawa
as Ken

Crew

Shohei Imamura
Director
Keiji Hasebe
Screenwriter
Shohei Imamura
Screenwriter
Masahisa Himeda
Cinematographer
Toshiro Mayuzumi
Composer (Music Score)
Mutsuo Tanji
Editor
Kimihiko Nakamura
Art Director
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