Brothel No 8
Sandakan No. 8
An old woman and former sex worker looks back on her life and, by extension, the history of women’s roles in Japanese society.
© 1974 TOHO CO. LTD All Rights Reserved
Kinuyo Tanaka, Komaki Kurihara, Yoko Takahashi
Japan 1974. 120min
A young female journalist researching ‘karayuki-san’ – impoverished Japanese girls and women sent abroad to work as prostitutes – interviews survivor Osaki (Tanaka), now an old woman. Recalling her story in flashback, Osaki reveals the painful reality of forgotten women in Japan’s history. Tanaka’s stunning performance won her the Best Actress award at the Berlin Film Festival and the film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
The screening on Friday 23 September will be introduced, guests TBC.