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Dr. Akagi (1998)

Kanzô sensei (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, History | 15 January 1999 (USA)
At the end of WWII, Japanese doctor Akagi searches for the cure for hepatitis in the prisoner-of-war camp.

Director:

Shôhei Imamura

Writers:

Shôhei Imamura, Ango Sakaguchi (novel) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Akira Emoto Akira Emoto ... Dr. Fûu Akagi
Kumiko Asô ... Sonoko Mannami
Jacques Gamblin ... Pete
Tomorô Taguchi ... Nosaka
Kazuhiko Kanayama Kazuhiko Kanayama ... Sakashita
Shinya Yamamoto Shinya Yamamoto
Ben Hiura Ben Hiura
Ichirô Ogura Ichirô Ogura
Hatsuo Yamaya Hatsuo Yamaya
Masa Yamada Masa Yamada ... Masuyo
Yukiya Kitamura Yukiya Kitamura ... Sankichi
Gorô Tarumi Gorô Tarumi
Kôichi Koshimura Kôichi Koshimura
Kaoru Mizuki Kaoru Mizuki
Sanshô Shinsui Sanshô Shinsui
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Storyline

Dr. Akagi, a rural physician in Japan during WWII, wages a one-man crusade against hepetitis, earning him a reputation as "Dr. Liver." But his fanatic campaign brings him into disfavor with the Japanese army, and as the war seems more and more hopeless for the Japanese, Dr. Akagi finds himself increasingly a scapegoat. Written by Mike Myers <mikecmyers@hotmail.com>

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Comedy | Drama | History | War

Certificate:

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Country:

Japan | France

Language:

Japanese | German

Release Date:

15 January 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Hiroshima, Japan

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$71,832, 25 April 1999
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Quotes

POW Camp Commandant: Take that off. This one's a Leica!
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Referenced in Warm Water Under a Red Bridge (2001) See more »

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one of the best films of the '90s
17 February 2001 | by wbr204-2See all my reviews

Imamura Shohei has come in to his prime at a point when most directors of his age begin their downward spiral. Along with his completely different although equally impressive film, "Unagi (the eel)" (1997) Imamura has made two of the greatest films of the 1990s. This particular entry into the Imamura canon deals with a Kyushu doctor during WWII. Of course, the film goes way beyond just that; it's a film that cannot be summed up in words, it's the kind of movie that you sit back and enjoy and you come out of smiling, for you've been entertained in a way most films cannot. "Kanzo Sensei" affects like a truly satisfying book does, something most films cannot come close to copying. If you dig it, rent "the eel" and look out for his next work coming soon to a theatre far from you and me--Japan. Let's hope his next one is as good as his last two, and that it is released in theatrically in the US. Highly recommended.


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