Pigs, Pimps, & Prostitutes: 3 Films by Shohei Imamura [Criterion Collection] [DVD]

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Overview

Special Features

  • Conversations between Shohei Imamurai and critic Tadao
  • "Imamura: The Freethinker," a 1995 episode of the French television series Cinéma de notre temps
  • Interviews with renowned critic and historian Tony Rayns on all three films
  • New and improved English Subtitle translations
  • Plus: Booklets featuring essays by film critics Audie Bock, Dennis Lim, and James Quandt

Synopsis

Pigs and Battleships
Long before he gained fame for winning the 1983 Cannes Golden Palm award for The Ballad of Narayama, director Shohei Imamura created this superbly crafted, sardonic drama about the yakuza (Japanese Mafia) and the modernization of Japan after World War II. Kinta (Hiroyuki Nagato) is caught in the mesh of poverty and opts out by joining the local yakuza gang. His greed draws him into the drug dealing, pimping, and racketeering that fill the gang's coffers. One day he is given the legit job of tending the pigs owned by his mob boss, who live on the slop thrown out by the neighborhood's American military base. Kinta's girlfriend begs him to go straight and settle down, but he can't see a future in it. As the final denouement nears, increasingly acerbic commentary, mixed with pointed symbolism, decries American treatment of Japan and the Japanese' own moral corruption. ~ Eleanor Mannikka, Rovi

Intentions of Murder
This Japanese drama explores the fine psychological line between rape and romance as it chronicles the violation of a bored housewife while her husband is away. The next morning, the woman is unable to tell her husband of the rape. Strangely, she finds herself looking forward to the brute's return. He does and she struggles very little. Soon she finds herself fixated on the rapist and unable to get rid of him. In desperation, she decides to poison him. Fortunately, before she can, he suffers a heart attack and dies. The woman calmly resumes her dull life and the story ends. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi

The Insect Woman
The Insect Woman covers 45 years in the life of long-suffering Japanese woman Tome Matsuki, played brilliantly by Sachiko Hidari. Thrust into the cold world at age 20, the pregnant Tome takes a factory job. She gives this up for the relative comfort of the life of an American GI's mistress. Once her American benefactor heads home, she seeks shelter in a house of prostitution, eventually becoming the Madam. Late in life, she is introduced to the daughter she'd abandoned years earlier, whose life has followed pretty much the same path as her mother's had. The winner of 14 Japanese film awards, The Insect Woman details the decline of cultural values as mirrored by one single misspent life. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Hiroyuki Nagato
    Hiroyuki Nagato - Kinta
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    Jitsuko Yoshimura - Haruko
  • Tetsuro Tamba
    Tetsuro Tamba - Tetsu
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    Shiro Osaka
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    Sanae Nakahara
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