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Pigs and Battleships (1961)

Buta to gunkan (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Crime | 13 September 1963 (USA)
A young hoodlum decides to work for a criminal organization that is tearing itself apart.

Director:

Shôhei Imamura

Writers:

Hisashi Yamanouchi (as Hisa Yamauchi), Gisashi Yamauchi | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hiroyuki Nagato Hiroyuki Nagato ... Kinta
Jitsuko Yoshimura ... Haruko
Masao Mishima Masao Mishima ... Himori
Tetsurô Tanba ... Slasher Tetsuji
Shirô Ôsaka Shirô Ôsaka ... Hoshino
Takeshi Katô Takeshi Katô ... Ohachi
Shôichi Ozawa Shôichi Ozawa ... Gunji, Gangster in check shirt
Yôko Minamida ... Katsuyo
Hideo Sato Hideo Sato ... Kikuo
Eijirô Tôno ... Kan'ichi
Akira Yamauchi Akira Yamauchi ... Sakiyama
Sanae Nakahara Sanae Nakahara ... Hiromi
Kin Sugai Kin Sugai ... Haruko's mother
Bumon Kahara Bumon Kahara ... Harukoma
Tomio Aoki Tomio Aoki ... Kyuro
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Storyline

A young hoodlum decides to work for a criminal organization that is tearing itself apart.

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Action | Crime

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese | English

Release Date:

13 September 1963 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pigs and Battleships See more »

Filming Locations:

Yokosuka, Kanagawa, Japan

Company Credits

Production Co:

Nikkatsu See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Japanese director Imamura Shohei shows how corruption and foreign occupation are able to ruin a city.
26 October 2015 | by FilmCriticLalitRaoSee all my reviews

In any given economic scenario, it is easy to see how poor people become more poor while their rich counterparts are able to accumulate more wealth. This is depicted in 'Pigs and Battleships' through the sufferings experienced by a young Japanese boy who asks his girl friend to stop the sale of her body. Foreign occupation and rampant corruption are responsible for the decline in moral as well as social values of an occupied land. This idea has found complete favor in this film. A filmmaker cannot turn a blind eye at all to ills of the society in which he or she is living. After the making of Japanese film 'Pigs and Battleships', nobody can dare to accuse iconoclast Japanese director late Shohei Imamura of trying to denigrate Japan's image in the eyes of foreign powers. Director Imamura has always made it a point to have an honest yet frank portrayal of Japan's undesirable people in his films. By remaining honest to himself as well as his art, director Imamura has always portrayed what he has witnessed with his own eyes.


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