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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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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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Jazzing History
16 February 2008 | by See all my reviews

With its shattered scattered narrative, gritty visual and witty music, EIJANAIKA seems to give the truer picture of a time in Japanese history than any typical period picture with standard parameters would have. However, to get this impression of this two-and-a-half hour long film, one needs patience, interest in Imamura's work (It helps if one has seen and liked either Eeel, Vengeance, Narayama, or all of them) and liking for Japanese cinema. The start is very gripping. And its chaotic, musical, darkly funny finale remains one of the more memorable scenes involving mayhem one would encounter in a film from any timezone. It reminded me of the angry-crowd-flying-into-the-air end sequence of Vittorio De Sica's "Miracle In Milan". Overall it's fun to watch Imamura and his crew ("Stop, you funny Showmen! Or I'll Shoot" the ensemble is threatened)lending a musical ear to history.


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