MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 14,393 this week

I Am a Cat (1975)
"Wagahai wa neko de aru" (original title)

 |  Drama  |  25 June 1982 (USA)
6.9
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.9/10 from 115 users  
Reviews: 3 user

Add a Plot

Director:

Writers:

(novel),
0Check in
0Share...

10 Best Back-to-School TV Shows

Dust off your varsity jacket and get excited for fall with our list of the 10 best back-to-school TV shows.

Visit our Family Entertainment Guide

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 1560 titles
created 18 Mar 2012
 
list image
a list of 1973 titles
created 14 Feb 2014
 
a list of 705 titles
created 04 May 2014
 
a list of 1290 titles
created 30 Aug 2014
 
list image
a list of 85 titles
created 9 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "I Am a Cat" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: I Am a Cat (1975)

I Am a Cat (1975) on IMDb 6.9/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of I Am a Cat.
1 win. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

This sensuously beautiful film chronicles the activities of four sisters who gather in Kyoto every year to view the cherry blossoms. It paints a vivid portrait of the pre-war lifestyle of ... See full summary »

Director: Kon Ichikawa
Stars: Keiko Kishi, Yoshiko Sakuma, Sayuri Yoshinaga
Odd Obsession (1959)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A man getting on in years sets out to find a way to resurrect his flagging virility.

Director: Kon Ichikawa
Stars: Machiko Kyô, Ganjirô Nakamura, Junko Kanô
The Sun (2005)
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Third part in Aleksandr Sokurov's quadrilogy of Power, following Moloch (1999) and Taurus (2001), focuses on Japanese Emperor Hirohito and Japan's defeat in World War II when he is finally confronted by General Douglas MacArthur who offers him to accept a diplomatic defeat for survival.

Director: Aleksandr Sokurov
Stars: Issei Ogata, Robert Dawson, Kaori Momoi
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

While performing in a touring kabuki troupe, leading female impersonator Yukinojo comes across the three men who drove his parents to suicide twenty years earlier, and plans his revenge, ... See full summary »

Director: Kon Ichikawa
Stars: Kazuo Hasegawa, Fujiko Yamamoto, Ayako Wakao
Departures (2008)
Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

A newly unemployed cellist takes a job preparing the dead for funerals.

Director: Yôjirô Takita
Stars: Masahiro Motoki, Ryôko Hirosue, Tsutomu Yamazaki
Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Kenichi Horie is determined to challenge his family, the law and the nature crossing the Pacific to America in a small sailboat. Despite his careful planning many unforeseen events will test his determination.

Director: Kon Ichikawa
Stars: Yûjirô Ishihara, Masayuki Mori, Kinuyo Tanaka
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

In the closing days of WWII remnants of the Japanese army in Leyte are abandoned by their command and face certain starvation.

Director: Kon Ichikawa
Stars: Eiji Funakoshi, Mantarô Ushio, Yoshihiro Hamaguchi
The Heart (1955)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Director: Kon Ichikawa
Stars: Masayuki Mori, Michiyo Aratama, Tatsuya Mihashi
Ohan (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  
Director: Kon Ichikawa
Stars: Sayuri Yoshinaga, Kôji Ishizaka, Reiko Ôhara
Conflagration (1958)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Director: Kon Ichikawa
Stars: Raizô Ichikawa, Ganjirô Nakamura, Tatsuya Nakadai
Drama | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Legendary Japanese director Ichikawa Kons 1976 film The Inugami Family, holds a very special place in Japans long tradition of supernatural suspense... See full synopsis »

Director: Kon Ichikawa
Stars: Kôji Ishizaka, Yôko Shimada, Teruhiko Aoi
Action | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Director: Kihachi Okamoto
Stars: Tatsuya Nakadai, Reiko Dan, Hideo Sunazuka
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
...
Kushami
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Harold Conway
Masumi Harukawa
Tonpei Hidari ...
Sampei Tatara
Jûzô Itami ...
Meitei
Shigeru Kôyama ...
Tojuro Suzuki
Mako Midori ...
Teacher of Koto (Japanese harp)
Shinsuke Minami ...
Kaneda
Kuriko Namino ...
Mrs. Kaneda
...
Bunmei
Mariko Okada ...
Hanako
Nobuto Okamoto ...
Kangetsu
...
Yukie
Hiroko Shino ...
Tomiko
Saburô Shinoda ...
Tofu
Edit

Storyline

Add Full Plot | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

based on novel | See All (1) »

Genres:

Drama

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

25 June 1982 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

I Am a Cat  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

,  »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Version of Wagahai wa neko de aru (1936) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
"Cat" disappoints
3 July 2008 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

The adulatory review excerpts that accompanied the publicity for the showing of "I Am A Cat" in the Film Forum's summer 2008 retrospective of films starring Tatsuya Nakadai led me to expect a real treat, full of mordant wit and humor, when I saw it yesterday, July 2, 2008. This expectation was reinforced by an interview with Nakadai broadcast on WNYC-FM on June 24, 2008. In (a somewhat evasive) answer to a question about his favorites among his films, the great actor indicated that "I Am A Cat" belonged to that group. Speaking through an interpreter, he also mentioned that the film had not been a success in Japan because Japanese people did not appreciate ironic humor (then? in general?). Perhaps I missed most of the purported ironic humor as well because I found precious little of it in this film. Yes, there were some amusing moments but not enough to hold my interest. Reviewer "Dog Breath" tells us that the film was "never dull." Really? I found much of it boring (and, believe me, I don't require the incessant hacking off of limbs to keep my attention). The same reviewer also mentions "the film's tragic ending." Huh? The event near the end to which he refers was (humorously) sad but certainly not tragic in any meaningful sense of the word. "Sword of Doom" says that "the movie is good but only after you figure it out." I wonder how many hours (days?) were required to reach this conclusion.

Nakadai's character, Kushami, poses a dilemma for one who is not familiar with the Japanese literature. Kushami clearly embodies some of the attributes of Natsume Soseki, the Meiji Restoration-era novelist who also was a haiku poet, a writer of Chinese-style fairy tales and an expert on British literature. His 1905 novel "I Am A Cat" was a satirical look at Japanese society near the beginning of its career as imperialist power. Is the film's Kushami a faithful recreation of the (human) protagonist of Soseki's novel? If so, this version of the imaginative and productive Soseki takes self-deprecation to an extreme. Kushami is a lazybones and ditherer, who continually bemoans his position as middle-school teacher, who never seems to get anything done and who wastes a huge amount of time allowing himself to be distracted by uselessly chattering "friends," especially the intensely annoying Meitei (well-played by Juzo Itami). Any sensible person would have thrown this jerk out on his first visit. The cat of the title is cute and the source of some amusement but not the major character some of the publicity suggests. Among the film's few noteworthy moments: a policeman striking several unruly students (a foretaste of the militarized authoritarian society to come?); Kushami's accidental view of his very attractive niece in the nude and the apparent pleasure this gives him.

It is hard to imagine that the original novel was not wittier, more satirical and more entertaining than this film. As always, Nakadai and coworkers deliver some wonderful performances but a cinematic masterpiece this is not.

Barry Freed


3 of 12 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
where to find this film? frank-340
Discuss I Am a Cat (1975) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?