Search results for "Shôhei Imamura"


A Man Vanishes (1967)

A Man Vanishes examines the concept of Johatsu, tackling the phenomenon of people missing in Japan over the years. It picks one such person from the list, someone who had ...  (more)

GENRES: Documentary • Drama
DIRECTION:  Shôhei Imamura
CAST:  Yoshie Hayakawa  •  Shôhei Imamura  •  Shigeru Tsuyuguchi

Black Rain (1989) RT 52% / Audience 55%

DVD release: Feb 1999

The story of the aftermath of the Hiroshima bombing, based on Masuji Ibuse's novel.  (more)

GENRES: Drama • War
DIRECTION:  Shôhei Imamura
CAST:  Yoshiko Tanaka  •  Kazuo Kitamura  •  Etsuko Ichihara  •  Masato Yamada

Dr. Akagi (1998) RT 94% / Audience 76%

DVD release: Jan 2003

At the end of WWII, Japanese doctor Akagi searches for the cure for hepatitis in the prisoner-of-war camp.  (more)

GENRES: Comedy • Drama • History
DIRECTION:  Shôhei Imamura
CAST:  Akira Emoto  •  Kumiko Aso  •  Juro Kara  •  Masanori Sera

Why Not? (1981)

The film depicts carnivalesque atmosphere summed up by the cry "Ee ja nai ka" ("Why not?") in Japan in 1867 and 1868 in the days leading to the Meiji Restoration. It examines ...  (more)

GENRES: Drama
DIRECTION:  Shôhei Imamura
CAST:  Kaori Momoi  •  Shigeru Izumiya  •  Ken Ogata  •  Shigeru Tsuyuguchi

Endless Desire (1958)

Set in post-war Japan, a group of five, four men and one woman, gathers in the basement of a butcher shop to dig up a cache of morphine buried during the war. A grimly ...  (more)

GENRES: Drama
DIRECTION:  Shôhei Imamura
CAST:  Shizuko Kasagi  •  Tomiko Hattori  •  Misako Watanabe  •  Reiji Akitsu

History of Postwar Japan as Told by a Bar Hostess (1970)

A documentary film showcasing life in postwar Japan as seen through the eyes of a bar hostess.  (more)

GENRES: Documentary • History
DIRECTION:  Shôhei Imamura
CAST:  Rikiya Yasuoka  •  Fukumi Kuroda

Karayuki-san, the Making of a Prostitute (1975)

Karayuki-san, the Making of a Prostitute is a 1975 Japanese film by director Shohei Imamura. It is a documentary on one of the Japanese "karayuki-san," who were women that ...  (more)

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DIRECTION:  Shôhei Imamura
CAST:  Kikuyo Zendo  •  Shôhei Imamura

My Second Brother (1959)

The film tells the story of four orphans living in an impoverished mining town. An adaptation of a best-selling book based on the diary of a ten-year-old zainichi (ethnic ...  (more)

GENRES: Drama
DIRECTION:  Shôhei Imamura
CAST:  Hiroyuki Nagato  •  Kayo Matsuo  •  Takeshi Okimura  •  Akiko Maeda

Nishi Ginza Station (1958)

This short comedy concerns the extramarital affair of a drugstore owner. It is based on a popular song by the star of the film, Frank Nagai.  (more)

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DIRECTION:  Shôhei Imamura
CAST:  Frank Nagai  •  Masahiko Shimazu  •  Hisano Yamaoka

Pigs and Battleships (1961)

In the city of Yokosuka, Kinta and his lover Haruko, both involved with yakuza, brave the post-occupation period with a goal to be together.  (more)

GENRES: Action • Comedy • Crime • Drama
DIRECTION:  Shôhei Imamura
CAST:  Hiroyuki Nagato  •  Jitsuko Yoshimura  •  Masao Mishima  •  Tetsurō Tamba




Stolen Desire (1958) RT Audience 67%

A rumbunctious and ribald tale of a troupe of travelling actors who alternate highlights of kabuki theatre with strip shows.  (more)

GENRES: Comedy • Drama
DIRECTION:  Shôhei Imamura
CAST:  Osamu Takizawa  •  Shinichi Yanagisawa  •  Hiroyuki Nagato  •  Kô Nishimura

The Ballad of Narayama (1983) RT 100% / Audience 87%

DVD release: Jun 2008

In a small village in a valley everyone who reaches the age of 70 must leave the village and go to a certain mountain top to die. If anyone should refuse he/she would disgrace ...  (more)

GENRES: Drama
DIRECTION:  Shôhei Imamura
CAST:  Ken Ogata  •  Sumiko Sakamoto  •  Tonpei Hidari  •  Aki Takejo

Profound Desires of the Gods (1968)

Tokyo engineer Kariya arrives on a primitive tropical island, where he interacts with the Futori clan, to drill a well to power a sugar mill.  (more)

GENRES: Drama
DIRECTION:  Shôhei Imamura
CAST:  Rentarô Mikuni  •  Kazuo Kitamura  •  Hideko Okiyama  •  Yoshi Kato

Intentions of Murder (1964)

Sadako, cursed by generations before her and neglected by her common-law husband, falls prey to a brutal home intruder. But rather than become a victim, she forges a path to ...  (more)

GENRES: Drama
DIRECTION:  Shôhei Imamura
CAST:  Masumi Harukawa  •  Kô Nishimura  •  Shigeru Tsuyuguchi  •  Yûko Kusunoki

Warm Water Under a Red Bridge (2001)

A newly unemployed salaryman meets a particularly sexual woman.  (more)

GENRES: Drama • Romance
DIRECTION:  Shôhei Imamura
CAST:  Kōji Yakusho  •  Misa Shimizu  •  Mitsuko Baisho  •  Mansaku Fuwa

Zegen (1987) RT Audience 83%

The award-winning director of such esteemed films as Black Rain and The Ballad of Narayama has chosen here to tell the decidedly dicey true tale of Iheiji Muraoka, also known ...  (more)

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DIRECTION:  Shôhei Imamura
CAST:  Ken Ogata  •  Mitsuko Baisho  •  Chun Hsiung Ko  •  Norihei Miki

11'09"01 September 11 (2002)

11 directors show their view on the terrorist attacks on the world trade center in New York.  (more)

GENRES: Drama
DIRECTION:  Sean Penn  •  Alejandro González Iñárritu  •  Shôhei Imamura  •  Ken Loach  •  Amos Gitai  •  Danis Tanović  •  Mira Nair  •  Samira Makhmalbaf  •  Youssef Chahine  •  Idrissa Ouedraogo
CAST:  Ernest Borgnine  •  Maryam Karimi  •  Emmanuelle Laborit  •  Jérôme Horry

Vengeance Is Mine (1979) RT 100% / Audience 89%

DVD release: May 2007

A thief, a murderer, and a charming lady-killer, Iwao Enokizu (Ken Ogata) is on the run from the police. Director Shohei Imamura turns this fact-based story—about the ...  (more)

GENRES: Crime • Drama
DIRECTION:  Shôhei Imamura
CAST:  Ken Ogata  •  Rentarô Mikuni  •  Chôchô Miyako  •  Mitsuko Baisho

The Eel (1997)

White-collar worker Yamashita finds out that his wife has a lover visiting her when he's away, suddenly returns home and kills her. After eight years in prison, he returns to ...  (more)

GENRES: Drama
DIRECTION:  Shôhei Imamura
CAST:  Kōji Yakusho  •  Misa Shimizu  •  Akira Emoto  •  Fujio Tokita

The Pornographers (1966)

Subu makes pornographic films. He sees nothing wrong with it. They are an aid to a repressed society, and he uses the money to support his landlady, Haru, and her family. From ...  (more)

GENRES: Drama • Romance
DIRECTION:  Shôhei Imamura
CAST:  Shoichi Ozawa  •  Sumiko Sakamoto  •  Masaomi Kondo  •  Keiko Sagawa