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Release Date:
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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2.35 : 1 See more »
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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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15 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Excellent Fellini-esque Film, 2 November 1999

The Pornographers is an excellent movie that has something important to say about base human sex acts. The movie also deals with all different types of intra-familial relationships: husbands and wives, daughters and parents, widows and their former husbands reincarnated as household pets. The plot confronts a socio-political setting where "erotic films" as they are called are banned, but the great demand for them drives the pornographers who are otherwise destitute with families to support. The pornographers think they have nothing to lose, but realize just how much they do stand to lose. It should be noted that there is no nudity or adult content depicted. The movie is brilliantly filmed with beautiful symbols in the pictures representing the character's inner emotions. As events grow worse and worse the images grow darker and stranger. This is an excellent movie for the Fellini-esque audience.

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