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The Pornographers (1966)

Erogotoshi-tachi yori: Jinruigaku nyûmon (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 12 August 1966 (USA)
While avoiding the mob and local authorities, a world-weary pornographer finds being a family man the most difficult as he wrestles with his own desires and afflictions.

Director:

Shôhei Imamura

Writers:

Akiyuki Nosaka (novel), Shôhei Imamura (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Shôichi Ozawa Shôichi Ozawa ... Ogata(Subu) / Husband
Sumiko Sakamoto Sumiko Sakamoto ... Haru / wife
Keiko Sagawa Keiko Sagawa ... Keiko / Ogata's stepdaughter
Masaomi Kondô Masaomi Kondô ... Koichi / Ogata's stepson
Haruo Tanaka Haruo Tanaka ... Banteki / Ogata's assistant
Ganjirô Nakamura Ganjirô Nakamura ... Elderly Executive
Chôchô Miyako Chôchô Miyako ... Brothel Madame
Kô Nishimura Kô Nishimura ... Sanada / Detective
Ichirô Sugai ... Shinun / Ogata's Father
Shinichi Nakano Shinichi Nakano ... Kabo / Ogata's workmate
Kazuo Kitamura Kazuo Kitamura ... Doctor
Asao Uchida Asao Uchida
Taiji Tonoyama
Jun Hamamura Jun Hamamura
Kin Sugai Kin Sugai
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Storyline

Mr. Ogata lives a complicated life: he is a pornographer making two skin flicks per day and trying to stay beneath the radar screen of the local mob; he deeply loves his ailing wife Haru who's cursed by the restless spirit of her dead first husband; he also has a mistress, a step-son who wants to go to university, and a step-daughter entering adolescence. He lusts after his step-daughter, and when Haru finds out about those sexual advances, she asks him to marry the girl. Haru even signs over her business to him, and a crisis ensues when Ogata uses her nest egg to buy equipment so he and his pals can set up their own film processing lab. Surreal images and events weave their way into Ogata's life. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Comedy | Drama

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

12 August 1966 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Pornographers: Introduction to Anthropology See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Completely innovative
19 August 2001 | by hedricjSee all my reviews

Saw this film in a wonderful class on Japanese new wave cinema (thanks, Jyotsna). Along with Imamura's "Ballad of Narayama," some of the finest Japanese work I've seen. This film is brilliant in its portrayal of modern voyeurism and its psychological implications. Beyond that though, it stands out as a film preparing us for things to come in the cinema of the 90's. It took pt Anderson's "magnolia" to finally bring full circle some of the innovative qualities of this truly amazing film. Note the merging of the wonderful score and the main character's consciousness at the end of the film. Shocking, sad, and beautiful.


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