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Sandakan 8 (1974)

Sandakan hachibanshokan bohkyo (original title)
A journalist interviews an old woman who was forced into prostitution, just like many other Japanese women working in Asia outside of Japan during the first half of the 20th century. She worked in a Malaysian brothel called Sandakan 8.

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 7 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Komaki Kurihara ...
Keiko Mitani
Yôko Takahashi ...
Osaki as a young woman
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Osaki Yamakawa, as an old woman
Takiko Mizunoe ...
Okiku
Eiko Mizuhara ...
Ofumi
Yoko Todo ...
Oyae
Yukiko Yanagawa ...
Otake
Yoko Nakagawa ...
Ohana
Masayo Umezawa ...
Yukiyo
Ken Tanaka ...
Hideo Takeuchi
Eitarô Ozawa ...
Tarozo
Tomoko Jinbo ...
Moto
Hideo Sunazuka ...
Yajima
Mitsuo Hamada ...
Yasukichi
Kaneko Iwasaki ...
Sato
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A journalist interviews an old woman who was forced into prostitution, just like many other Japanese women working in Asia outside of Japan during the first half of the 20th century. She worked in a Malaysian brothel called Sandakan 8.

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A prostitute is a woman, too.

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23 June 1977 (Hungary)  »

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Official submission of Japan for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 48th Academy Awards in 1976. See more »

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Osaki was born and raised in Kumamoto. But she speaks the dialect of Oita, the neighbouring prefecture. See more »

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Referenced in Sneak Previews: The Best and Worst Films of 1976 (1977) See more »

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Sad story
7 May 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A female journalist researches the forced prostitution of Japanese women in the 1920s. She interviews Osaki, an old lady living with several cats in a shack at the edge of town. She tells the story in flashbacks, beginning with her trying to help her poor family by getting a job as a maid at a hotel. She works cleaning the rooms for two years and is then is coerced by the owner into becoming a hooker against her will.

Sandakan number eight turns out to be one the many brothels in Malaysia which used slave labor for years, including World War II, as a popular resting point for soldiers from around the world. The movie is based on a non fiction book of the same name which was controversial in Japan, as the women involved were shunned by society.

Osaki's tale is a sad and common one that needs to told. Sandakan 8 is compelling and well made.


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