The Insect Woman / にっぽん昆虫記
(Fiction, Japan, 1963, 123’, C, Fr ST)
by Shöhei Imamura
with Emiko Aizawa, Setsuko Amamiya, Tomio Aoki
The story of a woman, Tome, born in the countryside in total poverty, who tries to escape her condition, told against the backdrop of decades of social upheaval in 20th century Japan. Determined to change her condition, Tome moves to the city and tries to survive despite attempts of abuse and servitude by various men.
“Shöhei Imamura combines (…) as the saying goes, small history and big history, and shows their interaction. He evokes the influence on Tome of the events that go beyond her. He describes how she serves her country in her own way and at her own level. But it also shows a woman going through the storms without necessarily always being interested in what surrounds her, without getting involved beyond what concerns her directly and personally. (…) it is, in fact, also the portrait of Japan that the filmmaker makes through that of Tome – and not only the portrait of Tome, an inhabitant of Japan.” Enrique Seknadje, French critic and artist.
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