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13 September 1963 (USA) See more »
A young hoodlum decides to work for a criminal organization that is tearing itself apart. | Full synopsis »
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Japanese director Imamura Shohei shows how corruption and foreign occupation are able to ruin a city. See more (8 total) »


  (in credits order)
Hiroyuki Nagato ... Kinta
Jitsuko Yoshimura ... Haruko
Masao Mishima ... Himori
Tetsurô Tanba ... Slasher Tetsuji
Shirô Ôsaka ... Hoshino
Takeshi Katô ... Ohachi
Shôichi Ozawa ... Gunji, Gangster in check shirt
Yôko Minamida ... Katsuyo
Hideo Sato ... Kikuo
Eijirô Tôno ... Kan'ichi
Akira Yamauchi ... Sakiyama
Sanae Nakahara ... Hiromi
Kin Sugai ... Haruko's mother
Bumon Kahara ... Harukoma
Tomio Aoki ... Kyuro
Kô Nishimura ... Yajima
Kotoe Hatsui ... Wife, Tsune
Toshio Takahara ... Dr. Miyaguchi
Hyosuke Kobe ... George
Takeo Yazu ... Masuyama
Taiji Tonoyama ... Chen
Hideo Kidokoro ... King
Toyoko Takechi ... Old lady wearing apron
Nobuo Kawakami ... Policeman in lawless area
Shuntarô Tamamura ... Chikko policeman
Hitomi Nakagawa ... Electric company factory worker
Ayako Fukuda ... Patient
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Blooming
Robert Duncan
Hyôe Enoki
Ayako Kanda
Mitzi Mori
Tooru Moriya
Sanzô Nakagawa
Tomoko Naraoka
Takashi Nomura (as Takashi Sudo)
Seijiro Takano
Kôji Yashiro

Directed by
Shôhei Imamura 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Hisashi Yamanouchi  (as Hisa Yamauchi)
Gisashi Yamauchi 
Kazu Ôtsuka  novel by

Produced by
Kano Ôtsuka .... producer
Original Music by
Toshirô Mayuzumi 
Cinematography by
Shinsaku Himeda 
Film Editing by
Mutsuo Tanji 
Art Direction by
Kimihiko Nakamura 
Production Management
Yukiharu Moriyama .... executive in charge of production
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kirirô Urayama .... assistant director
Sound Department
Fumio Hashimoto .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Yasuo Iwaki .... gaffer

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Also Known As:
"Buta to gunkan" - Japan (original title)
"Hogs and Warships" - International (English title)
"The Flesh Is Hot" - USA
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108 min | USA:66 min (re-issue) | USA:77 min
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
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Japanese director Imamura Shohei shows how corruption and foreign occupation are able to ruin a city., 26 October 2015
Author: FilmCriticLalitRao from Paris, France

In any given economic scenario, it is easy to see how poor people become more poor while their rich counterparts are able to accumulate more wealth. This is depicted in 'Pigs and Battleships' through the sufferings experienced by a young Japanese boy who asks his girl friend to stop the sale of her body. Foreign occupation and rampant corruption are responsible for the decline in moral as well as social values of an occupied land. This idea has found complete favor in this film. A filmmaker cannot turn a blind eye at all to ills of the society in which he or she is living. After the making of Japanese film 'Pigs and Battleships', nobody can dare to accuse iconoclast Japanese director late Shohei Imamura of trying to denigrate Japan's image in the eyes of foreign powers. Director Imamura has always made it a point to have an honest yet frank portrayal of Japan's undesirable people in his films. By remaining honest to himself as well as his art, director Imamura has always portrayed what he has witnessed with his own eyes.

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