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YOKOHAMA MARY

Japan, 2006 (MIFF 2007, Documentaries)

Director: Takayuki Nakamura

YOKOHAMA MARY

The search for Yokohama Mary, an infamous former prostitute who went missing over a decade ago, becomes a journey through Japan's post-war past. Yokohama Mary was a prostitute in the Japanese port-city during the years following the end of World War II. In the decades since then, she became a Yokohama icon of sorts - an eccentric bag lady in geisha-like face paint - until her disappearance in 1995. Filmmaker Takayuki Nakamura sets out to uncover the story of this mysterious figure. In his attempts to separate fact from mythology and to divulge Yokohama Mary's eventual fate, he sketches a profile of Japan's past as a country struggling to reinvent itself in the desperate post-war years.

D Takayuki Nakamura P Kazuhiro Shirao WS Eleven Arts Inc. L Japanese w/English subtitles TD 35mm/2005/92mins

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