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Pigs and Battleships (1961) More at IMDbPro »Buta to gunkan (original title)


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Release Date:
13 September 1963 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
A young hoodlum decides to work for a criminal organization which is tearing itself apart. | Full synopsis »
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Well made but awful. See more (7 total) »

Cast

  (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 Sudô (as Takashi Sudo)
Seijiro Takano
Kôji Yashiro

Directed by
Shôhei Imamura 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Gisashi Yamauchi 
Hisashi Yamauchi  (as Hisa 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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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Buta to gunkan" - Japan (original title)
"Hogs and Warships" - International (English title)
"The Flesh Is Hot" - USA
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Runtime:
108 min | USA:66 min (re-issue) | USA:77 min
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2.35 : 1 See more »
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Mono (Westrex Recording System)
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Well made but awful., 1 April 2015
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

Shôhei Imamura's "Pigs and Battleships" is a very well crafted film. Despite this, it's a very unpleasant film and probably won't appeal to most viewers.

This film is set amid the social chaos that followed World War II in Japan. Now an occupied nation, poverty and crime are rampant. The film specifically focuses on the very lowest elements of society-- grifters, pimps, prostitutes and gangs. They are a uniformly disreputable group of people in the film--and because of that, it's very difficult to care in the least about these folks. And, because you don't really care about them, this makes the film do hard to enjoy. But this isn't necessarily a criticism--Imamura wanted to shock audiences and make social commentary about this as well as the country's ambivalence about having American troops in their land. On one hand, some folks admire the soldiers and think they are the greatest in the world, whereas others see them much like how hyenas view lions--they are just waiting to pick up their scraps. It's all very depressing and awful. The only bright spot is at the end. Following a crazy scene involving death, escaped pigs and total chaos are signs that perhaps ONE damaged soul might just make her escape. Bleak...but powerful.

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