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Shôhei Imamura (I) (1926–2006)


Shohei Imamura's films dig beneath the surface of Japanese society to reveal a wellspring of sensual, often irrational, energy that lies beneath. Along with his colleagues Nagisa Ôshima and Masahiro Shinoda, Imamura began his serious directorial career as a member of the New Wave movement in Japan. Reacting against the studio system, and ... See full bio »

Died:

(age 79) in Tokyo, Japan

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Known For

The Eel
The Eel Director
(1997)
Narayama bushikô
(1983)
Kuroi ame
Kuroi ame Director
(1989)
Dr. Akagi
Dr. Akagi Director
(1998)

Filmography

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 2002 September 11 (segment "Japan", as Shohei Imamura)
 1998 Dr. Akagi
 1997 The Eel
 1989 Kuroi ame
 1987 Zegen
 1981 Eijanaika
 1975 Karayuki-san (Documentary)
 1973 Muhômatsu kokyô ni kaeru (TV Movie documentary)
 1972 The Pirates of Buban (TV Movie documentary)
 1971 Mikikan-hei o otte: Tai-hen (Documentary)
 1970 Mikikan-hei o otte: Marei-hen (TV Movie documentary)
 1967 Ningen jôhatsu (Documentary)
 1964 Akai satsui
 1959 Nianchan
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Show Show Producer (8 credits)
Show Show Actor (1 credit)
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Alternate Names:

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I am interested in the relationship of the lower part of the human body and the lower part of the social structure on which the reality of daily Japanese life obstinately supports itself. See more »

Trivia:

He is one of a select band of directors to have won the Palme d'Or twice at the Cannes Film Festival. The others are Francis Ford Coppola, Alf Sjöberg, Bille August, Emir Kusturica, Jean-Pierre Dardenne & Luc Dardenne, Michael Haneke and Ken Loach. See more »

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Virgo

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