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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.

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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 »

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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 movie unforgotten
6 October 2008 | by moviescornerSee all my reviews

This is my first movie which made me weeping. The first time I watched it in cinema was in eighties last century, as a very young man, I maybe could not understand everything in the story,or the history, but I wept,could not help, when I had seen old Osaki crying with Keiko's towel in her hand. This scene has been stayed in my mind forever since that moment.From this film, I have understood that a movie could make you cry! More than twenty years after I watched it,now, as a forty-four years old man, when I had watched the DVD again, it still makes me cry! That is pain in your heart when you see the old woman, now I understand everything in the story, I understand that's the pain of life, pain of the fate. This is not only a movie,but a lesson which teaches us something about humanity, so emotionally. In my heart,Kinuyo Tanaka was the one of greatest actress in the world,I love her,because of "Sandakan No. 8 ",because of her skillful performance,because she has impressed me so much,so long time,because she also made me call her: mum!


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