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Zegen 1987.jpg
Poster for Zegen (1987)
Directed by Shohei Imamura
Written by Shohei Imamura
Kota Okabe
Starring Mitsuko Baisho
Music by Shinichirô Ikebe
Cinematography Masao Tochizawa
Edited by Hajime Okayasu
Distributed by

Imamura Productions, Toei Co. Ltd.

Toei Co. Ltd.
Release date
  • 5 September 1987 (1987-09-05)
Running time
124 minutes
Country Japan
Language Japanese

Zegen (Japanese: 女衒 ZEGEN) is a 1987 Japanese black comedy film by director Shohei Imamura. It was entered into the 1987 Cannes Film Festival.[1] The film was selected as the Japanese entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 60th Academy Awards, but was not accepted as a nominee.[2]


It is the story of Iheiji Muraoka, who built brothels for the Japanese military.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Zegen". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2009-07-19. 
  2. ^ Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

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