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Zegen (1987)

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Ken Ogata ...
Iheiji Muraoka
Mitsuko Baishô ...
Shiho
Chun Hsiung Ko ...
Wang (as Chun-Hsiung Ko)
Norihei Miki ...
Asanaga
Hiroyuki Konishi ...
Uehara
Sanshô Shinsui ...
Chota
Tetta Sugimoto ...
Genkichi
Taiji Tonoyama ...
Shimada
Leonard Kuma ...
Shop owner
Fujio Tokita ...
Nishiyama
Minori Terada ...
Hisamitsu
Chôichirô Kawarasaki ...
Kunikura
Mami Kumagaya ...
Kino
Shino Ikenami ...
Tome
Maiko Kazama
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Black comedy/satire about Japan and cultural imperialism.
8 July 1999 | by (Tokyo, Japan) – See all my reviews

This movie is black satire of Japanese imperial ambitions in the 20th century. In Meiji era Japan (1868-1910), the Japanese state sought to establish itself as an empire as a way to both catch up to and remain free from the West. These activities also lay the foundation for the disasters to come mid-century. This movie satirizes those efforts from a mid-1980s perspective, giving it an obvious subtext of being a commentary on the efforts of late 20th century Japanese businessmen abroad as well. The "hero" is a businessman who, realizing that the Japanese armed forces will likely soon be advancing across Asia, decides that they will require brothels wherever they go as well and so sets up shop in Southeast Asia. A very black comedy from one of Japan's finest film satirists (cf. "Pigs and Battleships," "The Pornographers") best known abroad ca. 1999 for "The Eel" and "Black Rain" (the film based on the novel about Hiroshima, not the Michael Douglas flick).


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