History of Postwar Japan as Told by a Bar Hostess

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History of Postwar Japan as Told by a Bar Hostess is a documentary that shows history through the eyes of someone on the edge of history because of their gender, occupation, and location. It is the story of Etsuko Akaza, a prostitute and barmaid in a Yokosuka business that caters to foreigners. In the film, interviews with Akaza detail how she survived, beginning when the atom bomb fell. Mixed with footage of General MacArthur arriving in Japan, the Korean and Vietnam wars, and the demonstrations of the seventies, the documentary’s progression shows the difference that a point of view can make in the construction of the past.

1970 | 1 hr 45 min | 7.4/10
Cast
Chieko Akaza, Etsuko Akaza, Tami Akaza, Fukumi Kuroda
Director
Shohei Imamura
Produced By
Masanori Yamanoi
Language
English
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