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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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Genres:

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
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Quotes

POW Camp Commandant: Take that off. This one's a Leica!
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Connections

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The search for truth vindicated
11 February 1999 | by StrackeSee all my reviews

This movie is outstanding both as art and as philosophy. Artistically, Imamura has great range and is able to make quick switches of tone and style without losing the thread, or the audience. There is a similar yoking of divergent feelings in the relationship that develops between the two main characters. They are wildly incompatible to the end, yet together they form something that we know is right. Philosophically, Imamura does what no one in Hollywood would dare attempt. In the atmosphere of moral relativism that American films have promoted since the 60s, nothing is more preposterous than to hunger and thirst after justice. But Imamura's final film vindicates that hunger and makes us want to share it. The story's surprises are so intricately prepared that I can't say much more without ruining it, but I left the theater profoundly exhilarated.


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