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Why Not? (1981)

Eejanaika (original title)
Near the turbulent end of the Edo era, a man returning to Japan after exile in America searches for his wife and becomes swept up in the current of revolution in this incisive period drama from the great Shohei Imamura.

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Credited cast:
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Ine
Shigeru Izumiya ...
Genji
Ken Ogata ...
Furukawa
Shigeru Tsuyuguchi ...
Kinzo
Masao Kusakari ...
Itoman
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Ako ...
Oyoshi
Mitsuko Baishô ...
Oko
Junzaburô Ban ...
Toramatsu
Shôhei Hino ...
Magoshichi
Shino Ikenami ...
Yoshino
Etsuko Ikuta ...
Nui
Hiroshi Inuzuka ...
Roku
Chôichirô Kawarasaki ...
Nakazawa
Kazuo Kitamura ...
Koide
Nenji Kobayashi ...
Matakichi
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Near the turbulent end of the Edo era, a man returning to Japan after exile in America searches for his wife and becomes swept up in the current of revolution in this incisive period drama from the great Shohei Imamura.

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8 January 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Aconteceu no Fim da Era Tokugawa  »

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Spectacle without subtlety
22 October 2000 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This busy, hectic movie is a bit hard to follow. Like a Mardi Gras film, with political confrontation, and wild swirling colors. But not as subtle or as personal as Nianchan (My Second Brother), Unagi (The Eel) or Narayama bushiko (The Ballad of Narayama) by Shohei Imamura.


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