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Zegen 1987.jpg
Poster for Zegen (1987)
Directed byShohei Imamura
Written byShohei Imamura
Kota Okabe
StarringMitsuko Baisho
Music byShin’ichirō Ikebe
CinematographyMasao Tochizawa
Edited byHajime Okayasu
Distributed byImamura Productions, Toei Co. Ltd. Toei Co. Ltd.
Release date
  • 5 September 1987 (1987-09-05)
Running time
124 minutes

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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