The Insect Woman
|The Insect Woman|
|Directed by||Shohei Imamura|
|Written by||Keiji Hasebe, Shohei Imamura|
|Starring||Emiko Aizawa, Masumi Harukawa, Sachiko Hidari|
|Music by||Toshiro Mayuzumi|
|Edited by||Matsuo Tanji|
The Insect Woman (にっぽん昆虫記 Nippon konchūki?) is a 1963 Japanese film directed by Shohei Imamura. It was entered into the 14th Berlin International Film Festival where Sachiko Hidari won the Silver Bear for Best Actress award.
A woman, Tome, (Sachiko Hidari) is born to a lower-class family in Japan in 1918. The film is a metaphor for life in Japan through the middle twentieth century, including World War II. The title refers to an insect, repeating its mistakes, as in an infinite circle. Imamura, with this metaphor, introduces the life of Tome, who keeps trying to change her poor life.
- Emiko Aizawa – Rui
- Masumi Harukawa – Midori
- Sachiko Hidari – Tome Matsuki
- Emiko Higashi – Kane
- Daizaburo Hirata – Kamibayashi
- Seizaburo Kawazu – Karasawa
- Teruko Kishi – Rin
- Tanie Kitabayashi – Madam
- Kazuo Kitamura – Chuji
- Asao Koike – Sawakichi
- Masakazu Kuwayama – Owagawa En's Lover
- Hiroyuki Nagato – Matsunami
- Shoichi Ozawa – Ken
- Sumie Sasaki – En
- Taiji Tonoyama – Foreman
- Shigeru Tsuyuguchi – Honda
- Jitsuko Yoshimura – Nobuko
- "Berlinale 1964: Prize Winners". berlinale.de. Retrieved 2010-02-19.
- Nippon konchuki at the Internet Movie Database
- "にっぽん昆虫記 (Nippon konchuki)" (in Japanese). Japanese Movie Database. Retrieved 2007-07-16.
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