Pigs, Pimps & Prostitutes

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Overview

The Insect Woman covers 45 years in the life of long-suffering Japanese woman Tome Matsuki, played brilliantly by Sachiko Hidari. Thrust into the cold world at age 20, the pregnant Tome takes a factory job. She gives this up for the relative comfort of the life of an American GI's mistress. Once her American benefactor heads home, she seeks shelter in a house of prostitution, eventually becoming the Madam. Late in life, she is introduced to the daughter she'd abandoned years earlier, whose life has followed ...
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Overview

The Insect Woman covers 45 years in the life of long-suffering Japanese woman Tome Matsuki, played brilliantly by Sachiko Hidari. Thrust into the cold world at age 20, the pregnant Tome takes a factory job. She gives this up for the relative comfort of the life of an American GI's mistress. Once her American benefactor heads home, she seeks shelter in a house of prostitution, eventually becoming the Madam. Late in life, she is introduced to the daughter she'd abandoned years earlier, whose life has followed pretty much the same path as her mother's had. The winner of 14 Japanese film awards, The Insect Woman details the decline of cultural values as mirrored by one single misspent life.
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Special Features

Conversations between Shohei Imamurai and critic Tadao; ; "Imamura: The Freethinker," a 1995 episode of the French television series Cinéma de notre temps; ; Interviews with renowned critic and historian Tony Rayns on all three films; ; New and improved English Subtitle translations; ; Plus: Booklets featuring essays by film critics Audie Bock, Dennis Lim, and James Quandt
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/19/2009
  • UPC: 715515046015
  • Rating:

  • Source: Criterion
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / B&W
  • Time: 6:24:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 39,647

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Pigs and Battleships
1. Raid! [5:22]
2. Payment Due [9:59]
3. Haruko [4:30]
4. Casualty [2:38]
5. Money Problems [4:18]
6. Kinta [4:03]
7. The Body [:00]
8. Hopes [6:18]
9. Sibling Rivalry [4:02]
10. The Boss [2:57]
11. Tests [6:14]
12. International Relations [2:46]
13. Diagnosis [2:40]
14. Revenge [9:41]
15. No Deal [7:01]
16. Escape Plans [5:49]
17. Double-Crossed [5:27]
18. On The Loose [7:09]
19. To Kawasaki [12:51]
1. Color Bars [4:20]
1. Strong Voice [8:01]
2. Drama And Documentary [5:42]
3. Incest [3:59]
4. Smut Films [12:49]
5. A Brother's Influence [3:28]
6. Grandiose Topics [4:57]
7. Research [8:05]
8. A Distrust For Authority [4:33]
9. Prostitution [8:40]
Disc #2 -- The Insect Woman
1. Tomé: Winter 1918 [4:35]
2. Papa: May 1924 [2:23]
3. New Job: Spring 1942 [5:05]
4. Shunzo [6:29]
5. Nobuko: New Year's Day 1945 [1:18]
6. The War Ends: August 1945 [4:38]
7. Forced Out [3:34]
8. Failed Affair [3:02]
9. Settlement: Summer 1949 [1:38]
10. Housekeeping: September 1950 [5:36]
11. Penitence [3:15]
12. Customer Satisfaction: December 1951 [7:04]
13. Promotion: 1952-55 [6:05]
14. Midori [5:40]
15. A Patron [3:20]
16. Opportunities: April 1959 [3:45]
17. Business Improvements [7:14]
18. Disobedience/Nobuko [5:49]
19. Chuji Declines [8:23]
20. Sentenced [5:20]
21. Like Mother: Spring 1961 [2:51]
22. Betrayed [6:53]
23. Choices [2:27]
24. Left Behind [5:04]
25. The Farm [5:39]
26. Back Again [2:56]
Disc #3 -- Intentions Of Murder
1. Matsu's Curse [3:27]
2. Another Mistake [3:33]
3. Instrusive Thoughts [2:52]
4. The Attack [9:12]
5. Shame [8:52]
6. Grandma [5:15]
7. A Visitor From the Library [3:01]
8. Riichi Returns [6:31]
9. Eros And Civilization [1:50]
10. Back For More [6:17]
11. Yoshiko [10:55]
12. Family Gathering [2:57]
13. Spy [2:49]
14. Independent Ventures [5:17]
15. Pregnant [7:47]
16. Proposition [4:39]
17. Funeral [10:26]
18. Custody Issues [3:23]
19. Accusations [5:29]
20. Plea [7:55]
21. Dream [7:08]
22. Intentions Of Murder [12:18]
23. Freedom [4:58]
24. The Truth [13:03]
1. Color Bars [:00]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Pigs and Battleships
   Play The Movie
   Chapters
   "Imamura: The Freethinker"
      Play
         Index
   Tony Rayns Interview
      Play
   Subtitles
      Subtitles: On/Off
Disc #2 -- The Insect Woman
   Play The Movie
   Chapters
      Color Bars
   Imamura Interview
      This Twenty-One-Minute Interview with Shohei Imamura was Conducted By Film Critic Tadao Sato: Play
   Tony Rayns Interview
      This Interview with Film Critic Tony Rayns was Conducted Exclusively for The Criterion Collection In December 2008: Play
   Subtitles
      Subtitles: On/Off
Disc #3 -- Intentions Of Murder
   Play The Movie
   Chapters
   Imamura Interview
      This Twenty-Four Minute Interview with Shohei Imamura was Conducted by Film Critic Tadao Sato: Play
   Tony Rayns Interview
      This Interview With Film Critic Tony Rayns was Conducted Exclusively for The Criterion Collection In December 2008: Play
   Subtitles
      Subtitles: On/Off
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