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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Monique van de Ven,
Set against a background of the last unfocused protests of 60s and 70s Japanese radicalism, this is a raw and rather ragged take on the doomed young lovers motif (Thieves Like Us, Badlands) but where their American forebears take flight on the open road, here our anti-heroes are set in a frieze of emotional and physical inertia, spending much of their time in a roadside cafe.
Some great twilight photography, brilliant depictions of inhuman hinterlands (highway verges, the edges of an airport, blank vistas of ribbon development) and a faith in the central performances that borders on the indulgent but ultimately pays off in depicting the ferment of teenage desire and frustration.
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