Girls of the Night (HKIFF46)

Genre
SPECIAL PROGRAMME
Release Date
30 Aug 2022 (Tue)
Category
--- (HK), ---(Macau)
Running Time
93 Minutes
Language
Japanese / Chinese and English Subtitle
Director
Tanaka Kinuyo
Cast
Hara Chisako, Natsuki Yosuke, Kita Akemi
Synopsis
From her acclaimed role in Mizoguchi’s Women of the Night, Tanaka came to direct her affecting portrait of women of the streets, and examine the shame and social discrimination they face. After anti-prostitution laws are enforced, Kuniko, a former sex worker is sent to a reform centre. Back in mainstream society, she finds only discrimination, derision and even violence in her “respectable” work. Tanaka’s deft touch remains empathetic throughout, affirming that there is a path for those who never give up on themselves.

From her acclaimed role in Mizoguchi’s Women of the Night, Tanaka came to direct her affecting portrait of women of the streets, and examine the shame and social discrimination they face. After anti-prostitution laws are enforced, Kuniko, a former sex worker is sent to a reform centre. Back in mainstream society, she finds only discrimination, derision and even violence in her “respectable” work. Tanaka’s deft touch remains empathetic throughout, affirming that there is a path for those who never give up on themselves.

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