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Synopsis: An interview with a Japanese woman who in her childhood was sexually abused. Now in her 30’s she has finally found her voice, and, in this interview talks about her life for the first time publicly.


English and Japanese

Run Time

64 minutes


Ryan Yamashita

Directed by

Paul Foulkes

Director's Statement

In a world where discrimination towards women is still rampant, The laws regarding sexual abuse and rape in Japan are as old as time itself. suppression of women’s rights by a predominantly masculine society and government body is becoming known globally. The time for change is fast approaching and the women of Japan are beginning to find their “Voice”

Director's Bio

Living in Japan for the better part of 36 yrs. Paul has been involved in Radio, TV, and managing Japanese Musical artists. My love of the arts has bought me to this crossroads in my life.
Paul Began his Journey into Film making in 2015 when he produced the Award-winning Short Film “Aimer” an LGBTQ+ fantasy Short which won the best fantasy Short at the New Renaissance Film Festival in Amsterdam in 2017.
Paul’s second Short Film (Directed, Produced and Acted by Paul) “Reflections” an LGBTQ+ Film about a crossdresser, won Best documentary short at the “Norcal International Film Festival” October 2019, and “Best Original Soundtrack (Migliore Colona Sonora)” at the Live Musica Contest (Concorsa Vivere di Musical) December 2019.
“HIV may have saved my Life” is a Feature Documentary about Paul’s life, a true story about living with the condition “HIV” the good the bad, and the ugly, about a condition which has put fear into the roots of our humanity. A condition that not only affects the person who has it but the people involved in his life. HIV Saved My Life has won over 20 Film awards worldwide.
Paul’s life goal is to Direct and produce Shorts and features which bring into light social issues, both the dark side and the success stories which have evolved from the dark side.
This project is about the sexual abuse of underage women, and how they have found a way to find their “Voice” and be public in a society that still today suppresses their right to have that “Voice”

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