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Pigs and Battleships (1961)

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


Shohei Imamura


Hisashi Yamanouchi (as Hisa Yamauchi), Gisashi Yamauchi | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hiroyuki Nagato Hiroyuki Nagato ... Kinta
Jitsuko Yoshimura ... Haruko
Masao Mishima ... Himori
Tetsurô Tanba ... Slasher Tetsuji
Shirô Ôsaka Shirô Ôsaka ... Hoshino
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 Yamanouchi Akira Yamanouchi ... Sakiyama (as Akira Yamauchi)
Sanae Nakahara ... Hiromi
Kin Sugai ... Haruko's mother
Bumon Kahara Bumon Kahara ... Harukoma
Tomio Aoki ... Kyuro


In Yukosuka, many are able to benefit financially, legally and illegally, by the presence of the American naval base established after the war. Kinta, who is low level thug within the Himori yakuza, takes care of the yakuza's pig farm but provides some muscle in shaking down among others shopkeepers who cater and this benefit from the lucrative American military trade. Kinta is often asked to sacrifice himself for the yakuza, the promise being that the yakuza will ultimately recognize the sacrifice with bonuses and promotion within the organization. Kinta's girlfriend, Haruko, a barmaid, doesn't like his life and would prefer that they escape Yukosuka to Kawasaki where they could get jobs in her uncle's factory, something that Kinta continually resists in not wanting to be a "wage slave". Haruko is also continually pressured by her mother to prostitute herself, Mr. Gordon who is willing to pay top dollar to be his kept mistress. Kinta and Haruko's fates will be partly affected by the ... Written by Huggo

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This film is part of the Criterion Collection, spine #472. See more »


Kinta: Unload the trucks! Let all the pigs out! Or I'll spray you all with bullets! Set them all free now!
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Post-War Japan During the American Occupation
25 December 2016 | by Uriah43See all my reviews

This movie takes place in post-war Japan which is under American occupation and essentially focuses on a young man named "Kinta" (Hiroyuki Nagato) who basically does what he can to make ends meet. One day he decides to join an extortion racket and is put in charge of feeding hogs that belong to the local gang. Although she truly loves him, his girlfriend "Haruko" (Jitsuko Yoshimura) not only disapproves of his decision but is also one month pregnant by him as well. Knowing that Kinta isn't quite ready to settle down and support a family she decides to have an abortion which Kinta helps pay for. Meanwhile, the gang Kinta has joined gets involved in murder and soon things become quite complicated for all involved. Now rather than reveal any more I will just say that this was a complex film for which I may have missed a few nuances here and there. For example, the manner in which the American military was depicted certainly wasn't favorable--but then the depiction of the Japanese gangsters wasn't that favorable either. That said, it seemed to me that the overall message of the story pertained equally to deplorable members from both Japanese and American society and subsequently upon their negative effect on the culture of Japan as a whole. At least, that is how it seemed to me. In any case, I found this to be an interesting film and I have rated it accordingly. Above average.

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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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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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