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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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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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21 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
Completely innovative, 19 August 2001
Author: hedricj

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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