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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.

Director:

Shôhei Imamura
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6 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Kaori Momoi ... Ine
Shigeru Izumiya Shigeru Izumiya ... Genji
Ken Ogata ... Furukawa
Shigeru Tsuyuguchi Shigeru Tsuyuguchi ... Kinzo
Masao Kusakari Masao Kusakari ... Itoman
Mitsuko Baishô Mitsuko Baishô ... Oko
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ako Ako ... Oyoshi
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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Drama

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Connections

References Red Lion (1969) See more »

Soundtracks

Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
(gospel)
Performed by Shigeru Izumiya
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Spectacle without subtlety
22 October 2000 | by maple-2See all my reviews

This busy, hectic movie is a bit hard to follow. Like a Mardi Gras film, with political confrontation, and wild swirling colors. But not as subtle or as personal as Nianchan (My Second Brother), Unagi (The Eel) or Narayama bushiko (The Ballad of Narayama) by 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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