Karayuki-San, The Making of a Prostitute

Screening on Film
Directed by Shohei Imamura.
Japan, 1970, 35mm, color, 70 min.
Japanese with English subtitles.
Print source: Kino International

Imamura travels to Malaysia to interview a karayuki-san, one of the many Japanese women forced into sexual slavery by the military government. Like many of the karayuki-san, Kikuyo Zendo, now toothless at 74 and the widow of an Indian shopkeeper, chose not to return to Japan after the war. Imamura probes Zendo's past and her horrifying wartime experience.

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