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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.

Director:

Kei Kumai

Writers:

Tomoko Yamazaki (nonfiction book), Sakae Hirosawa (screenplay) (as Ei Hirosawa) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 7 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Komaki Kurihara ... Keiko Mitani
Yôko Takahashi Yôko Takahashi ... Osaki as a young woman
Kinuyo Tanaka ... Osaki Yamakawa, as an old woman
Takiko Mizunoe Takiko Mizunoe ... Okiku
Eiko Mizuhara Eiko Mizuhara ... Ofumi
Yoko Todo Yoko Todo ... Oyae
Yukiko Yanagawa Yukiko Yanagawa ... Otake
Yoko Nakagawa Yoko Nakagawa ... Ohana
Masayo Umezawa Masayo Umezawa ... Yukiyo
Ken Tanaka Ken Tanaka ... Hideo Takeuchi
Eitarô Ozawa Eitarô Ozawa ... Tarozo
Tomoko Jinbo Tomoko Jinbo ... Moto
Hideo Sunazuka Hideo Sunazuka ... Yajima
Mitsuo Hamada Mitsuo Hamada ... Yasukichi
Kaneko Iwasaki Kaneko Iwasaki ... Sato
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Storyline

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.

Genres:

Drama | History | War

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Details

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese | Malay

Release Date:

23 June 1977 (Hungary) See more »

Also Known As:

Sandakan 8 See more »

Filming Locations:

Amakusa, Kumamoto, Japan See more »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

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

Goofs

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

Connections

Referenced in Sneak Previews: The Top Ten Films of 1976 (1977) See more »

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A beautiful film
17 February 2004 | by geoaarSee all my reviews

Despite the subject matter, this is one of the most physically beautiful films I've ever seen. A difficult story to watch at times and some of the symbolism was a little overdone, but a well crafted movie with great attention to camera angle, set dressing, and - above all - the cinematography. A really stunning work...


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