A Woman's Testament (女経, Jokyō) is a 1960 Japanese drama anthology film directed by Kōzaburō Yoshimura, Kon Ichikawa and Yasuzō Masumura.[1][2]

Theatrical poster
Directed byKōzaburō Yoshimura
Kon Ichikawa
Yasuzō Masumura
Written byShôfû Muramatsu
Toshio Yasumi
Produced byMasaichi Nagata
StarringAyako Wakao
Fujiko Yamamoto
Machiko Kyō
CinematographyHiroshi Murai
Edited byTatsuji Nakashizu
Distributed byDaiei Film
Release date
  • 14 January 1960 (1960-01-14) (Japan)[1]
Running time
101 minutes



The film consists of three stories revolving around women. The first story is about a young woman who works in a Tokyo nightclub. She has what seems like a good plan for a strong financial future; she is investing in a company on the one hand, and on the other, taking action to snare the son of the company's owner in marriage. In the second story, a young woman is employed by a real estate agent in order to convince male clients to invest in worthless property, usually by bathing with them. The last story is about a widowed geisha who has no financial worries. But when she falls in love with a forger, she opts to wait for him after he is sent to prison. This causes trouble for her in family and society, but she ignores them despite the pressure.


Episode 1 (directed by Yasuzo Masumura)
Episode 2 (directed by Kon Ichikawa)
Episode 3 (directed by Kōzaburō Yoshimura)



A Woman's Testament was screened at the 10th Berlin International Film Festival.[3][4]


  1. ^ a b "女経". Kinema Junpo (in Japanese). Retrieved 31 January 2021.
  2. ^ "女経". Kotobank (in Japanese). Retrieved 31 January 2021.
  3. ^ "A Woman's Testament". Film Affinity. Retrieved 13 February 2021.
  4. ^ "Berlin International Film Festival 1960". MUBI. Retrieved 22 July 2023.