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Why Not? (1981)

Eijanaika (original title)
Near the turbulent end of the Edo era, a man returning to Japan after exile in America searches for his wife and becomes swept up in the current of revolution in this incisive period drama from the great Shohei Imamura.

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Shôhei Imamura
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Cast

Credited cast:
Kaori Momoi ... Ine
Shigeru Izumiya Shigeru Izumiya ... Genji
Ken Ogata Ken Ogata ... Furukawa
Shigeru Tsuyuguchi Shigeru Tsuyuguchi ... Kinzo
Masao Kusakari Masao Kusakari ... Itoman
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ako Ako ... Oyoshi
Mitsuko Baishô Mitsuko Baishô ... Oko
Junzaburô Ban Junzaburô Ban ... Toramatsu
Shôhei Hino Shôhei Hino ... Magoshichi
Shino Ikenami Shino Ikenami ... Yoshino
Etsuko Ikuta Etsuko Ikuta ... Nui
Hiroshi Inuzuka Hiroshi Inuzuka ... Roku
Chôichirô Kawarasaki Chôichirô Kawarasaki ... Nakazawa
Kazuo Kitamura Kazuo Kitamura ... Koide
Nenji Kobayashi Nenji Kobayashi ... Matakichi
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Near the turbulent end of the Edo era, a man returning to Japan after exile in America searches for his wife and becomes swept up in the current of revolution in this incisive period drama from the great Shohei Imamura.

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese | English

Release Date:

8 January 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Aconteceu no Fim da Era Tokugawa See more »

Filming Locations:

Yokohama, Japan

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Exuberant history lesson
22 May 2003 | by kerpanSee all my reviews

Shohei Imamura's "Eijanaika" is an awesome film -- much better than I expected. This is a film painted on a much bigger canvas than Imamura's norm -- it's rather reminiscent of Dickens's "Barnaby Rudge", albeit with humor, nudity and sex. It is set in the turbulent last days of the Shogunate, and has a large number of characters one must try to keep track of -- something I didn't find that hard to do. Whatever it lacks in "subtlety", it makes up for in exuberance.


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