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Shôhei Imamura (I) (1926–2006)


Shohei Imamura's films dig beneath the surface of Japanese society to reveal a wellspring of sensual, often irrational, energy that lies beneath. Along with his colleagues Nagisa Ôshima and Masahiro Shinoda, Imamura began his serious directorial career as a member of the New Wave movement in Japan. Reacting against the studio system, and ... See full bio »

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(age 79) in Tokyo, Japan

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Black Rain Director
(1989)
The Insect Woman Director
(1963)
The Eel Director
(1997)

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 2002 September 11 (segment "Japan", as Shohei Imamura)
 1998 Dr. Akagi
 1997 The Eel
 1989 Black Rain
 1987 Zegen
 1981 Why Not?
 1973 Muhomatsu Returns Home (TV Movie documentary)
 1972 The Pirates of Buban (TV Movie documentary)
 1970 In Search of the Unreturned Soldiers in Malaysia (TV Movie documentary)
 1967 A Man Vanishes (Documentary)
 1958 Stolen Desire
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Alternate Names:

Shohei Imamura
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[on his encounters with ruling class students] I despised them, and remember thinking that they were the kind of people who would never get close to the fundamental truths of life. Knowing them made me want to identify myself with working-class people who were true to their own human natures. At that age, though, I probably still thought of myself as being innately superior to working-class ... See more »

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Father of Hirosuke Imamura and Daisuke Tengan, who collaborated on screenplays for his last three films. See more »

Star Sign:

Virgo

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