Friday, May 11, 2007

The Pornographers (1966)

****
Japan

Shohei Imamura's nutty, increasingly surreal tale of the misadventures of a Japanese maker of underground porn, his mistress (and landlady) and her maladjusted offspring cleverly encapsulates his left-field take on the sordid impulses chortling beneath the unassuming norms of Japanese society. The shifting timeframes get a bit confusing, and at a running time of over two hours, the movie goes on far too long, but any time your attention starts waning, Imamura reclaims it with a typically robust, beguiling setpiece.

dir: Shohei Imamura
wr: Shohei Imamura, Koji Numata
ph: Sinsaku Himeda
cast: Shoichi Ozawa, Sumiko Sakamoto, Masaomi Kondo, Keiko Sagawa, Ganjiro Nakamura, Chocho Miyako

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