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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 who is tearing itself apart. | Full synopsis »
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An angry, biting film See more (5 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 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 (as Kazu Otsuka)

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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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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28 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
An angry, biting film, 3 July 2000
Author: sharptongue from Sydney, Australia

Teen hoodlum Kinta is excited to be given the plum job of supervising the pig pen at the local US base, for which he'll be responsible diverting the food scraps to the black market, and scoring a good income for his yakuza gang. His girlfriend Hiroku earnestly hopes he'll leave the yakuza and get an honest job, but neither is she a paragon of virtue - she is drawn into prostitution and petty thievery. The story mostly follows their troubled relationship, against a backdrop steeped in corruption, which results from the clash of US Forces occupation against the poverty and aspirations of the people of post-war Japan.

A scathing, even cynical critique. There is no tenderness at all here. Even the young lovers embracing is shown more as a desperate clinging than emotional attachment. And corruption is everywhere - there are no good guys. Confronting stuff, well-photographed, memorable as a vivid nightmare.

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