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Emiko Aizawa in The Insect Woman

The Insect Woman

1963 NR

Director Shohei Imamura tracks the changing face of 20th-century Japan through the eyes of Tomé (Sachiko Hidari), a poor woman who tries in vain to change her luck, in this foreign-language drama that pulls double duty as observant social commentary. Born into destitution, Tomé dreams of reaching a higher station in life, but the harsh realities of poverty and sexual abuse conspire to thwart her efforts to advance her standing.