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Encyclopedia > Shohei Imamura

Shohei Imamura (今村 昌平 Imamura Shōhei) (born 15 September 1926 in Tokyo, Japan) is a Japanese film director.



  • Stolen Desire (1958)
  • Nishi Ginza Station (1958)
  • Endless Desire (1958)
  • My Second Brother (1959)
  • Pigs and Battleships (1961)
  • The Insect Woman (1963)
  • Unholy Desire (1964)
  • A Man Vanishes (1967)
  • Deep Desire of Gods (1968)
  • History of Postwar Japan as Told by a Bar Hostess (1970)
  • Karayuki-san, the Making of a Prostitute (1975)
  • Vengeance Is Mine (1979)
  • Why Not? (1981)
  • The Ballad of Narayama (1982, Palme d'Or)
  • Zegen (1987)
  • Black Rain (1989)
  • The Pornographers (1989)
  • The Eel (1998)
  • Dr. Akagi (1998)
  • Warm Water Under a Red Bridge (2001)
  • 9'11''01 September 11 (2002)

See also

Further reading

  • Notes for a study on Shohei Imamura by Donald Richie
  • Shohei Imamura (Cinematheque Ontario Monographs, No. 1) by James Quandt, ed.

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Shohei Imamura (2163 words)
Visually, Imamura reflects the country’s pervasive sentiment of rootlessness and absence of direction through episodic cross-cutting between parallel storylines, fragmented narrative, and off-axis camera angles, often positioned near waist level (a reflection of Imamura’s familiar theme of instinctual human sexuality) or at ceiling height to reflect the characters’ basality.
Note Imamura’s implementation of a dizzied, rotating crane shot to depict Haruko’s violation at the hands of a trio of drunken sailors that reinforces the upended - and increasingly estranged - role of the Allied forces as both military conquerors and humanitarian reconstructionists of a ravaged nation.
Shohei Imamura presents an unsentimental, provocative, and compassionate examination of resilience, pragmatism, and the essence of human behavior in The Insect Woman.
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