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Cast

  (in credits order)
Hiroyuki Nagato ... Kinta
Jitsuko Yoshimura ... Haruko
Masao Mishima ... Himori
Tetsurô Tanba ... Slasher Tetsuji
Shirô Osaka ... 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
Toru Moriya
Sanzô Nakagawa
Tomoko Naraoka
Takashi Sudo
Seijiro Takano
Kôji Yashiro
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Directed by
Shôhei Imamura 
 
Writing credits
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Kazu Otsuka  novel by
Gisashi Yamauchi 
Hisashi Yamauchi  (as Hisa Yamauchi)

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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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
The Sweaty Chaos, 1 April 2013
Author: Antti Keisala from Jyväskylä, Finland

"This film is entirely fictional" states the film in the very beginning, lingering purposefully on the faces of bawling drunk Americans wandering the nightly streets, some harassed by, others looking for company. You don't really have to know Imamura at all to recognize the delicious irony. The beginning is so full of impressions, smells and life only Welles' "Touch of Evil" (1958) bests this in how in just a few minutes we're completely in the place and breathe its air. The sweaty chaos of the close-leaning alleys, kisses beneath stairs.

Welles is also echoed in the beautifully fluent tracking shots. It's interesting to read Imamura's statements made during the sixties and later, when he recalls Ozu's intention of a highly aestheticized cinema, and his own, more anthropological, perhaps more real. These kinds of comments distracted me for a long time – I wasn't expecting visually strong films, which Imamura's are, neither was I prepared to see so many fresh ideas, of which there are many.

I'm not completely satisfied with the ending, but I'll have to wait and see whether it'll grow on me. It is, on one hand, a successful melange of both the sadistic and ironic, but on the other it brings the film to a close perhaps too neatly. Not that I have any idea as to how to make it better, but it's too much of a showdown, and although Imamura plays it to great comic effect with a tragic undersong, it's a bit too excessive to my liking.

The Criterion Collection has released this on DVD (Region 1) as part of the 'Pigs, Pimps & Prostitutes' boxset that also includes "Akasen satsui" ('Intentions of Murder', 1963) and "Nippin konchûki" ('The Insect Woman', 1963). Masters of Cinema have released this on a Region B Blu- ray that also includes an early Imamura film, his debut actually, "Nusumareta yokujô" ('Stolen Desire', 1958).

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