She lives by instinct with no sense of right or wrong.


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A woman, Tome, is born to a lower class family in Japan in 1918. 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.

  • Original title: にっぽん昆虫記
  • Release date: Nov. 16, 1963
  • Status: Released
  • Genres: Drama
  • Runtime: 2h 3min
  • Producers: Nikkatsu Corporation


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