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3 Films by Shohei Imamura (1961-1964)

Cast: Hiroyuki Nagato, Hiroyuki Nagato, Jitsuko Yoshimura, more...
Director: Shohei Imamura, Shohei Imamura, Shohei Imamura
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Criterion
Genre: Drama, Foreign, Japan, Crime, Gangsters, Criterion Collection, Dysfunctional Families, Politics and Social Issues

3 Films by Shoehei Imamura: Pigs and Battleships (1961)
Long before he gained fame for winning the 1983 Cannes Golden Palm award for The Ballad of Narayama, director Shohei Imamura created this superbly crafted, sardonic drama about the yakuza (Japanese Mafia) and the modernization of Japan after World War II. Kinta (Hiroyuki Nagato) is caught in the mesh of poverty and opts out by joining the local yakuza gang. His greed draws him into the drug dealing, pimping, and racketeering that fill the gang's coffers. One day he is given the legit job of tending the pigs owned by his mob boss, who live on the slop thrown out by the neighborhood's American military base. Kinta's girlfriend begs him to go straight and settle down, but he can't see a future in it. As the final denouement nears, increasingly acerbic commentary, mixed with pointed symbolism, decries American treatment of Japan and the Japanese' own moral corruption. ~ Eleanor Mannikka, All Movie Guide

3 Films by Shohei Imamura: Intentions of Murder (1964)
Sadako (Masumi Harukawa), 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 her own awakening. This disturbing and pitiless evocation of domestic drudgery and sexual violence is also a fascinating, unsentimental account of one womans determination. Filled with director Shohei Imamuras characteristic flashbacks and dream sequences, Intentions of Murder is a gripping, audacious portrait of a woman coming into her own in a mans world.

3 Films by Shohei Imamura: The Insect Woman (1962)
Born in a rural farming village in 1918, Tomé survives decades of Japanese social upheaval, as well as abuse and servitude at the hands of various men. Yet Shohei Imamura, ever the cinematic entomologist, refuses to make a victim of her, instead observing Tomé (played by the extraordinary Sachiko Hidari) as a fascinating, pragmatic creature of twentieth-century Japan. A portrait of opportunism and resilience in three generations of women, The Insect Woman is Imamuras most expansive film, and Tomé his ultimate heroine.

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Wes Anderson's Favorite Criterion DVDs
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