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Nippon Sengoshi - Madamu onboro no Seikatsu (1970)

A documentary film showcasing life in postwar Japan as seen through the eyes of a bar hostess.

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Shôhei Imamura

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Shôhei Imamura
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Credited cast:
Chieko Akaza Chieko Akaza
Etsuko Akaza Etsuko Akaza
Tami Akaza Tami Akaza
Fukumi Kuroda Fukumi Kuroda
Emiko Takada Emiko Takada ... Herself
Rikiya Yasuoka
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A documentary film showcasing life in postwar Japan as seen through the eyes of a bar hostess.

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

3 June 1970 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

A História do Japão Contada Por Uma Empregada de Bar See more »

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1.37 : 1
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Prostitution as a metaphor for post-war history of Japan
24 March 2008 | by anttilmarSee all my reviews

This is a documentary film about history of Japan in 1945-1970. The main narrative takes shape through describing events in one woman's unstable personal life. It consists of archive footage of political turmoil, demonstrations and other news flashes on one hand, and material from interviews with her on the other.

In the interview the woman describes her relationships with various men, starting from the age of 15 in 1945. After failed and violent relationships with Japanese men, she starts to seek comfort by prostituting herself to various American soldiers and sailors. This reflects the development of the post-war relations between United States and Japan, which is shown in the background. Yet she seems mostly uninterested in the political patterns evolving around her, and she even actively seeks denial when she is shown photographs of Vietnamese civilian casualties.

It's a very interesting perspective into Japanese history - and I have to admit that this contained much about the political history of Japan during 50's and 60's I wasn't previously aware of.


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