Girls of the Night
(Onna bakari no yoru)
4K Digital Restoration
Introduction, July 31
Lili Hinstin, an artistic director and programmer, helmed Entrevues Belfort International Film Festival from 2013 to 2018 and the Locarno Film Festival from 2018 to 2020. She is vice president of the First and Second Feature Committee of Aide aux cinémas du monde and serves on the Organization and Selection Committees of the new film festival of Villa Medici in Rome.
Hisako Hara, Akemi Kita, Chieko Seki, Masumi Harukawa,
In the wake of the 1956 Prostitution Prevention Law, a young woman living in one of Japan’s newly established rehabilitation centers, which attempted to reform sex workers, struggles to build a new life. For this Toho production, Tanaka reunited with screenwriter Sumie Tanaka (Forever a Woman), and together they spent time researching correctional homes and the women who passed through them, recording their individual efforts and failures, their solidarity, and the past events that followed them through life. Without the slightest moral judgment, Girls of the Night forms an empathetic yet uncompromising portrait of sex workers and a sharp critique of the country’s mistreatment of these communities in postwar occupied Japan.