Oscar Movies: Sandakan No. 8 (1975)


Directed by Kei Kumai, “Sandakan No. 8,” set in mid-20th-century Japan, was nominated for the 1975 Best Foreign Language Oscar, after winning a major prize at the Berlin Film Festival.

The title refers to a brothel in Borneo; the film is also knowns as “Room No. 8.”

It’s the story of a crusading female journalist, who meets an elderly woman who years earlier had been shipped to Borneo. We find out that as a young girl, she had been sold into prostitution by her poor family.

The movie tries to make a strong statement about the position of women in Japan—past and [present. 

Originally released in the US without a rating, the film has since been classified R.

Oscar Nominations: 1

Best Foreign Lnaguage Film

Oscar Awards: None

Oscar Context:

The winner of the Best Foreign Language Film was Kurosawa’s “Dersu Uzala.”


Running time: 121 Minutes

Directed by Kei Kumai.

Released on November 2, 1974.



Kinuyo Tanaka as Osaki Yamakawa as an ol…

Komaki Kurihara as Keiko Mitani

Eitarô Ozawa as Tarozo

Yoko Takahashi as Osaki as a young woman