Shôhei Imamura – Karayuki-san AKA The Making of a Prostitute (1975)


A film about another kind of “unreturned soldier” than Shohei Imamura has profiled elsewhere, KARAYUKI-SAN finds the filmmaker traveling to Malaysia to interview Kikuyo Zendo, one of the countless Japanese women who were kidnapped or otherwise sold into sexual slavery in order to service the Japanese military in Southeast Asia.

74 years old at the time of filming, she offers a frank and harrowing testimony into her horrific wartime experiences, and the factors that have led her to choose exile over repatriation.

Perhaps the most brilliant and feeling of Imamura’s fine documentaries.” —Joan Mellen, THE WAVES AT GENJI’S DOOR

Subtitles:English (hard)

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