The prostitutes who are now betrayed by corporations instead of nations do not visit the gravestones of the ones who came before them. Imamura follows the footsteps of a buried legacy raising the memories of the repressed and films the cycle of repression so we never forget. Narrating the present and the impact of finding her story and then the many others until he breaks the spell and the picture becomes complete.
Imamura's films are ethnographic, ultimately perverse synecdoches of a perverse cultural wrong. Here is nothing less than government-sanctioned kidnapping of underage girls for prostitution. Kikuyo's story is one to be told, and she takes to the part with relish. Her story is terrifying but also speaks to the resilience of spirit in those most marginalized - Imamura's unique spin on humanism.