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The Insect Woman

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The Insect Woman

Release Date: November 16, 1963

Year    :   1963
Slogan    :   «She lives by instinct with no sense of right or wrong.»
Genres    :   Drama
Production Companies    :   Nikkatsu Corporation
Director    :   Shōhei Imamura
Producers    :   Jirô Tomoda, Kano Ôtsuka, Masanori Yamanoi
Writers    :   Shōhei Imamura, Keiji Hasebe
RunTime    :   123 mins.

A woman, Tome, is born to a lower class family in Japan in 1918. The title refers to an insect, repeating its mistakes, as in an infinite circle. Imamura, with this metaphor, introduces the life of Tome, who keeps trying to change her poor life.

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