The Pornographers The Pornographers

The Pornographers

Shohei Imamura

 
The Pornographers (Criterion DVD)

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  • Japan
  • 1966
  • 127 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 2.35:1
  • Japanese
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  • Spine #207

Subu makes pornographic films. He sees nothing wrong with it. They are an aid to a repressed society, and he uses the money to support his landlady, Haru, and her family. From time to time, Haru shares her bed with Subu, though she believes her dead husband, reincarnated as a carp, disapproves. Director Shohei Imamura has always delighted in the kinky exploits of lowlifes, and in this 1966 classic, he finds subversive humor in the bizarre dynamics of Haru, her Oedipal son, and her daughter, the true object of her pornographer-boyfriend’s obsession. Imamura’s comic treatment of such taboos as voyeurism and incest sparked controversy when the film was released, but The Pornographers has outlasted its critics, and now seems frankly ahead of its time.

Cast

Yoshimoto “Subu” OgataShoichi Ozawa
Haru MasudaSumiko Sakamoto
KoichiMasaomi Kondo
KeikoKeiko Sakawa

Credits

DirectorShohei Imamura
ProducerShohei Imamura, Jiro Tomoda and Issei Yamamoto
Director of photographyShinsaku Himeda
ScreenplayShohei Imamura and Koji Numata
From the novel byAkiyuki Nozaka
Original music byToshiro Mayuzumi
EditingMatsuo Tanji
Art directionHiromi Shiozawi and Ichirô Takada
SoundShinichi Beniya

Disc Features

  • New high-definition digital transfer
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition

    New cover by Christine Ditrio

Film Essays

The Pornographers

By J. HobermanAugust 04, 2003

The kind of aesthete who could fashion a religion out of the old National Enquirer, Shohei . . . Read more »

Film Essays

The Pornographers

By J. HobermanAugust 04, 2003

The kind of aesthete who could fashion a religion out of the old National Enquirer, Shohei . . . Read more »