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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 »


(age 79) in Tokyo, Japan

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Black Rain Director
The Insect Woman Director
The Eel Director


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 2002 September 11 (segment "Japan", as Shohei Imamura)
 2001 Warm Water Under a Red Bridge (as Shohei Imamura)
 1998 Dr. Akagi (as Shohei Imamura)
 1997 The Eel (as Shohei Imamura)
 1989 Black Rain (as Shohei Imamura)
 1987 Zegen (as Shohei Imamura)
 1983 The Ballad of Narayama (as Shohei Imamura)
 1981 Why Not? (as Shohei Imamura)
 1979 Vengeance Is Mine (as Shohei Imamura)
 1975 Karayuki-san, the Making of a Prostitute (Documentary) (as Shohei Imamura)
 1973 Muhomatsu Returns Home (TV Movie documentary) (as Shohei Imamura)
 1972 The Pirates of Buban (TV Movie documentary) (as Shohei Imamura)
 1971 In Search of the Unreturned Soldiers in Thailand (Documentary) (as Shohei Imamura)
 1970 In Search of the Unreturned Soldiers in Malaysia (TV Movie documentary) (as Shohei Imamura)
 1970 History of Postwar Japan as Told by a Bar Hostess (Documentary) (as Shohei Imamura)
 1968 Profound Desires of the Gods (as Shohei Imamura)
 1967 A Man Vanishes (Documentary) (as Shohei Imamura)
 1966 The Pornographers (as Shohei Imamura)
 1964 Intentions of Murder (as Shohei Imamura)
 1963 The Insect Woman (as Shohei Imamura)
 1961 Pigs and Battleships (as Shohei Imamura)
 1959 My Second Brother (as Shohei Imamura)
 1958 Endless Desire (as Shohei Imamura)
 1958 Nishi Ginza Station (as Shohei Imamura)
 1958 Stolen Desire (as Shohei Imamura)
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Shohei Imamura


Akiko  (his death)  (3 children)

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I am interested in the relationship of the lower part of the human body and the lower part of the social structure on which the reality of daily Japanese life obstinately supports itself. See more »


Mentor to Takashi Miike, who attended Imamura's own film school in Yokohama. See more »

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