Shohei Imamura

The Pornographers

The Pornographers

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.

Film Info

  • Shohei Imamura
  • Japan
  • 1966
  • 127 minutes
  • Black & White
  • 2.35:1
  • Japanese
  • Spine #207

Special 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

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Special 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

The Pornographers
Cast
Shoichi Ozawa
Yoshimoto “Subu” Ogata
Sumiko Sakamoto
Haru Masuda
Masaomi Kondo
Koichi
Keiko Sakawa
Keiko
Credits
Director
Shohei Imamura
Producer
Shohei Imamura
Producer
Jiro Tomoda
Producer
Issei Yamamoto
Director of photography
Shinsaku Himeda
Screenplay
Shohei Imamura
Screenplay
Koji Numata
From the novel by
Akiyuki Nozaka
Original music by
Toshiro Mayuzumi
Editing
Matsuo Tanji
Art direction
Hiromi Shiozawi
Art direction
Ichirô Takada
Sound
Shinichi Beniya

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