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The Pornographers (1966)
"Erogotoshi-tachi yori: Jinruigaku nyûmon" (original title)

Not Rated  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  August 1966 (USA)
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Life of a pornographer who tries to stay under the radar of the mob. He has a mistress, a step-son, a step-daughter (whom he's attracted to) and a wife who believes her first husband was reincarnated as a restless carp.

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Shôichi Ozawa ...
Yoshimoto 'Sub' Ogata
Sumiko Sakamoto ...
Haru Masuda
Ganjirô Nakamura ...
Elderly Client
Chôchô Miyako
Haruo Tanaka
Keiko Sagawa ...
Keiko Matsudo
Masaomi Kondô ...
Koichi Matsudo
Kô Nishimura
Ichirô Sugai
Shinichi Nakano
Asao Uchida
Kazuo Kitamura
Taiji Tonoyama
Jun Hamamura
Kin Sugai
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Mr. Ogata lives a complicated life: he is a pornographer making two skin flicks per day and trying to stay beneath the radar screen of the local mob; he deeply loves his ailing wife Haru who's cursed by the restless spirit of her dead first husband; he also has a mistress, a step-son who wants to go to university, and a step-daughter entering adolescence. He lusts after his step-daughter, and when Haru finds out about those sexual advances, she asks him to marry the girl. Haru even signs over her business to him, and a crisis ensues when Ogata uses her nest egg to buy equipment so he and his pals can set up their own film processing lab. Surreal images and events weave their way into Ogata's life. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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An English-subtitled print included among the opening credits the phrase, approximately, "presented by Doctors Phyllis and Eberhardt Kronhausen" - the well-known sexologists. See more »

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Completely innovative
19 August 2001 | by See all my reviews

Saw this film in a wonderful class on Japanese new wave cinema (thanks, Jyotsna). Along with Imamura's "Ballad of Narayama," some of the finest Japanese work I've seen. This film is brilliant in its portrayal of modern voyeurism and its psychological implications. Beyond that though, it stands out as a film preparing us for things to come in the cinema of the 90's. It took pt Anderson's "magnolia" to finally bring full circle some of the innovative qualities of this truly amazing film. Note the merging of the wonderful score and the main character's consciousness at the end of the film. Shocking, sad, and beautiful.


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