Kamei Fumio Retrospective [Other Works]

Underwear Makes the Woman

(“Onna wa shitagi de tsukurareru”)
- 1958 / B&W / 35mm / 37 min

Directors: Kamoi Yoko, Chiaki Shigeo
Sound: Ohashi Tetsuya
Music: Iijima Kazuo
Art Director: Nagano Masachika
Producers: Ono Tadashi, Kawasaki Yoshiya
Cast: Nara Akemi, Kohama Nanako, Nara Kaori, Gypsy Rose
Production Companies: Japan Document Film, Toho Entertainment
Source: Japan Document Film

The film, supervised and directed by Kamoi Yoko, the underwear designer responsible for initiating an “underwear boom,” aims at improving that most behind-the-times garment, women’s underwear. Kamoi, who died in 1991, was also esteemed as an activist who used underwear in the service of the woman’s liberation movement. Nara Akemi, who appeared in Teshigahara Hiroshi’s film The Pitfall (“Otoshi ana,” 1962), Takechi Tetsuji’s Daydream (“Hakujitsumu,” 1964), and Kuroki Kazuo’s Evil Spirits of Japan (“Nippon no akuryo,” 1970) shows off various undergarments, and the heroine of this film. Gypsy Rose, famous as the Japan’s first post-war stripper, does a remarkable striptease.

• Kamei Fumio Retrospective [Pre-War Works] Hiking Song | Shape without Shape | An Introduction to Radio: The Audience | School Broadcasting | The Geology of Fuji | Airspace [Pre-War Documentary Films] Shanghai | Peking | Fighting Soldiers | Kobayashi Issa [Post-War Documentary Films] A Japanese Tragedy | Children of the Base | The People of Sunagawa | Wheat Will Never Fall | Still It’s Good to Live | Record of Blood: Sunagawa | The World Is Terrified: The Reality of the “Ash of Death” | Living in a Rough Sea | Fluttering Pigeons | Voice of Hiroshima | Men Are All Brothers | Towards a World without Arms | All Must Live: People, Insects and Birds | All Living Things Are Friends—Lullabies of Birds, Insects and Fish [Feature Films] War and Peace | A Woman’s Life | Become a Mother, Become a Woman | Woman Walking Alone on the Earth [PR and Educational Films] Poem of Life | Invitation to Japanese Architecture | Penmanship | Quiet Construction Methods | Living with Ideas: A Profile of Sharp | Let’s Weave a Rainbow | Hong Kong, Taipei | Norihei Travel Manners | The Southern Cross Is Calling | Wishing for Tomorrow’s Happiness [Other Works] Underwear Makes the Woman | The Models and the Photographer | Kamei on Kamei: A Record of Yesterday’s Film Production Discussion Group | Human Conceit: The World of Director Kamei Fumio