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August 1966 (USA) See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
Shôhei Imamura 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Shôhei Imamura 
Akiyuki Nosaka  novel
Koji Numata 

Produced by
Shôhei Imamura .... producer
Jirô Tomoda .... producer
Kazuya Yamamoto .... producer
Original Music by
Toshiro Kusunoki 
Toshirô Mayuzumi 
Cinematography by
Shinsaku Himeda 
Film Editing by
Mutsuo Tanji 
Art Direction by
Hiromi Shiozawa 
Ichirô Takada 
Production Management
Shinji Soshizaki .... executive in charge of production
Kunio Takeshige .... executive in charge of production
Shôgo Usami .... executive in charge of production
Atsushi Wada .... executive in charge of production
Masanori Yamanoi .... executive in charge of production
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tadahiko Isomi .... assistant director
Noboru Tanaka .... assistant director
Yoshihiro Yûki .... assistant director
Sound Department
Kenichi Benitani .... sound
Shigemasa Koyanagi .... sound recordist
Minoru Nobuoka .... sound recordist
Camera and Electrical Department
Shôhei Andô .... camera operator
Katsuharu Hayakawa .... camera operator
Tomiyasu Iida .... lighting technician
Yasuo Iwaki .... gaffer
Reijirô Satô .... lighting technician
Renji Yamamoto .... camera operator
Michiaki Ôba .... lighting technician

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Also Known As:
"Erogotoshi-tachi yori: Jinruigaku nyûmon" - Japan (original title)
"The Amorists" - USA
"The Pornographers: Introduction to Anthropology" - USA (complete title)
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128 min | USA:120 min
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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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Referenced in The Killing Floor (2007)See more »


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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Black Comedy Of Manners In The '60's Japanese Underbelly, 29 August 2008
Author: cwarne_uk

Imamura is younger, and less well known, than those Japanese directors who came to international attention in the 1950's. He was for a while a trainee of Ozu's, though there are few stylistic indicators of that in "The Pornographer". This is quite clearly a new-wave film with hints of Godard and Fellini. Freeze frames, fantasy and a habit of framing scenes through windows means that this looks unlike the earlier classic Japanese films. Subu the eponymous pornographer initially believes that he is a public servant, providing for the less salubrious needs of his customers - photos, films and potions. He has a bizarre home life with a widowed hairdresser and her two children. Both the making of pornography and his odd home life provide some moments of rich black comedy. Other elements, such as the interaction with local gangsters, appear less central to the film and don't always fit in easily. This is not the sort of film where acting is of great importance, here it varies from good to acceptable. The main fault of the film is the length. 127 minutes is not necessarily long, it's just that it feels too long here by about 30 minutes (around midway there are some tedious patches). To sum up an interesting film by a director still little known, if it does not reach the heights of Kurosawa, Ozu, Kobayashi or Ichikawa at their peaks, the truth is that no post 1960's Japanese film has. It is certainly better than the three films by Oshima (the only other Japanese new-wave director with any international reputation - possibly more for the "pornograhic" nature of his films than any real quality) I have seen.

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