The Insect Woman (にっぽん昆虫記, Nippon konchūki) is a 1963 film directed by Japanese director Shōhei Imamura. It was entered into the 14th Berlin International Film Festival where Sachiko Hidari won the Silver Bear for Best Actress award.
A woman, Tome, (Sachiko Hidari) is born to a lower class family in Japan in 1918. The film is a metaphor for life in Japan through the middle twentieth century, including World War II. The title refers to an insect, repeating its mistakes, as in an infinite circle. Imamura, with this metaphor, introduces the life of Tome, who keeps trying to change her poor life.
Tome is molested from childhood by her stepfather. As a young adult she moves from her rural village to find work in factory, where she engages in an affair with her boss. She works later as a maid, and then as a prostitute.