Shohei Imamura

Pigs and Battleships

Pigs and Battleships

A dazzling, unruly portrait of postwar Japan, Pigs and Battleships details, with escalating absurdity, the desperate power struggles between small-time gangsters in the port town of Yokosuka. Shot in gorgeously composed, bustling CinemaScope, the film follows a young couple as they try to navigate Yokosuka’s corrupt businessmen, chimpira, and their own unsure future together. With its breakneck pacing and constantly inventive cinematography, this film marked Shohei Imamura as a major voice in Japanese cinema.

Film Info

  • Shohei Imamura
  • Japan
  • 1962
  • 108 minutes
  • Black & White
  • 2.35:1
  • Japanese
  • Spine #472

Special Features

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer
  • “Imamura: the Freethinker,” a 1995 episode of the French television series Cinéma de notre temps
  • Interview with critic and historian Tony Rayns
  • New and improved English subtitle translations
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film critic Audie Bock

Available In

Collector's Set

Pigs, Pimps & Prostitutes: 3 Films by Shohei Imamura

Pigs, Pimps & Prostitutes

DVD Box Set

3 Discs

$63.96

Special Features

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer
  • “Imamura: the Freethinker,” a 1995 episode of the French television series Cinéma de notre temps
  • Interview with critic and historian Tony Rayns
  • New and improved English subtitle translations
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film critic Audie Bock
Pigs and Battleships
Cast
Hiroyuki Nagato
Kinta
Jitsuko Yoshimura
Haruko
Masao Mishima
Himori
Tetsuro Tamba
(Slasher) Tetsuji
Shiro Osaka
Hoshino
Takeshi Kato
Daihachi
Shoichi Ozawa
Gunji
Yoko Minamida
Katsuyo
Hideo Sato
Kikuo
Eijiro Tono
Kan‘ichi
Akira Yamauchi
Sakiyama
Sanae Nakahara
Hiromi
Credits
Director
Shohei Imamura
Screenplay
Hisashi Yamauchi
Cinematography
Shinsaku Himeda
Art direction
Kimihiko Nakamura
Music
Toshiro Mayuzumi

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