The Insect Woman

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For the 1972 Korean film, see Insect Woman (1972 film).
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
Distributed by Nikkatsu
Release dates
  • November 16, 1963 (1963-11-16)
Running time
123 minutes
Country Japan
Language Japanese

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.[1]


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.



  1. ^ "Berlinale 1964: Prize Winners". Retrieved 2010-02-19. 

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