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Why Not? (1981)
"Eijanaika" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  8 January 1981 (USA)
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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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Masao Kusakari ...
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Toramatsu
Jirô Chiba ...
Senmatsu (as Jiro Yabuki)
Shôhei Hino ...
Magoshichi
Shino Ikenami ...
Yoshino
Etsuko Ikuta ...
Nui
Hiroshi Inuzuka ...
Roku
Chôichirô Kawarasaki ...
Nakazawa
Kazuo Kitamura ...
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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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Exuberant history lesson
22 May 2003 | by (New England) – See all my reviews

Shohei Imamura's "Eijanaika" is an awesome film -- much better than I expected. This is a film painted on a much bigger canvas than Imamura's norm -- it's rather reminiscent of Dickens's "Barnaby Rudge", albeit with humor, nudity and sex. It is set in the turbulent last days of the Shogunate, and has a large number of characters one must try to keep track of -- something I didn't find that hard to do. Whatever it lacks in "subtlety", it makes up for in exuberance.


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