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 Post subject: Shohei Imamura
PostPosted: Thu Mar 29, 2007 7:37 pm 
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Shohei Imamura (1926-2006)

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Filmography

Stolen Desire / Nusumareta Yokujo (1958)

Nishi Ginza Station / Nishi Ginza Eki-Mae (1958)

Endless Desire / Hateshi Naki Yokubo (1958)

My Second Brother / Nianchan (1959)

Pigs and Battleships / Buta To Gunkan (1961) Criterion / JNWCC

The Insect Woman / Nippon Konchuki (1963) Criterion / JNWCC

Intentions of Murder / Akai Satsui (1964) Criterion / JNWCC

The Pornographers: Introduction to Anthropology / Jinruigaku Nyumon(1966) Criterion (R1)

A Man Vanishes / Ningen Johatsu (1967) JNWCC

The Profound Desire of the Gods / Kamigami No Fukaki Yokubo (1968) JNWCC

A History of Postwar Japan as Told by a Bar Hostess / Nippon Sengo Shi: Madamu Omboro No Seikatsu (1970)

In Search of Unreturned Soldiers / Mikikanhei O Otte Parts I and II (1971)

The Pirates of Bubuan / Bubuan No Kaizoku (1972)

Muhomatsu Returns Home / Muhomatsu Kokyo Ni Kaeru (1973)

In Search of Unreturned Soldiers / Mikikanhei O Otte Part III (1975)

Two Men Named Yoshinobu / Tsuiseki/Futari No Yoshinobu (1975)

Karayuki-San, The Making of a Prostitute / Karayuki-San (1975)

Vengeance Is Mine / Fukushu Suru Wa Ware Ni Ari (1979) Criterion (R1) / MoC (R2)

Eijankaika (1981) Panorama

The Ballad of Narayama / Narayama-Bushi Ko (1983) Animeigo / AK Video (no English subs) / Asian DVDs

Zegen / The Pimp, A Pander (1987)

Black Rain / Kuroi Ame (1989) Animeigo / Films san frontieres

The Eel / Unagi (1997)

Dr. Akagi / Kanzo Sensei (1998)

Warm Water Under a Red Bridge / Akai Hashi No Shita No Nurui Mizu (2001) HVE

11'09''01 (2002) omnibus film R1 / R2


Forum Dicussions

AnimEigo: Ichikawa, Imamura, Gosha, Okamoto, Minfune in 2008

The Pornographers Criterion

Shohei Imamura (d. May 30, 2006)

Shohei Imamura on DVD

Vengeance Is Mine Criterion

Vengeance Is Mine MoC


Web Resources

Senses of Cinema

Masters of Cinema

Japanese New Wave Cinema Classics Closes

Japanese Films Not on DVD


Books

Shohei Imamura - James Quandt (Cinematheque Ontario, 1997)

Shohei Imamura - Hubert Niogret (Dreamland, 2002) in French
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 Post subject: Re: Shohei Imamura
PostPosted: Tue Oct 06, 2009 4:51 pm 
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Short season of films will show at the ICA in London later this month. Fuller programme in Bristol and films to show at Glasgow Film Theatre.


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 Post subject: Re: Shohei Imamura
PostPosted: Wed Oct 07, 2009 8:45 am 
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Excellent, I think they showed some Imamura at the NFT some months back as part of a general post WW2 Japanese season, but I missed out. Only one of a handful of film makers to win the Palme D'Or twice!


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 Post subject: Re: Shohei Imamura
PostPosted: Wed Oct 07, 2009 9:19 am 
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The main entry needs to be updated to reflect the existence of Criterions's (marvelous) box set wits Pigs, Insect Woman and Intentions of Murder. Also Animeigo's Narayama (not yet seen -- but sitting in my "watch soon" pile).


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 Post subject: Re: Shohei Imamura
PostPosted: Wed Oct 07, 2009 12:11 pm 

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Michael Kerpan wrote:
The main entry needs to be updated to reflect the existence of Criterions's (marvelous) box set wits Pigs, Insect Woman and Intentions of Murder. Also Animeigo's Narayama (not yet seen -- but sitting in my "watch soon" pile).


And don't forget Animeigo's upcoming edition of Black Rain, which can only be an improvement upon the glazed blur that is the O.O.P. Image DVD.


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 Post subject: Re: Shohei Imamura
PostPosted: Wed Oct 07, 2009 2:51 pm 
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Thanks for that. That list was way out of date - it didn't even have a link to the MoC edition of Vengeance Is Mine. I also added one for the Animeigo edition of Ballad of Narayama, a great disc that a lot of people don't seem to know even exists.

Let me know if there's anything else that need updating.


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 Post subject: Re: Shohei Imamura
PostPosted: Wed Oct 07, 2009 3:00 pm 
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Question re: the Animeigo release of Narayama

Was the medium or moderate (or whatever it was called) setting for subtitles a full translation of the dialogue without the annotations? When I checked it out from Netflix several months back, I chose what turned out to be the annotated setting. That was a bit annoying at first, though I soon was able to ignore it. And a follow-up question: is this feature typical for Animeigo? Should I expect it in the upcoming Black Rain release?


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 Post subject: Re: Shohei Imamura
PostPosted: Wed Oct 07, 2009 4:00 pm 
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As far as I know, that was the only subtitle set available on the disc. It's an Animeigo quirk of long-standing, to the best of my knowledge (it's present on the few other discs of theirs I've got). It's distracting to start with, but as you say, you soon start to ignore it. (And once you know the film, there's the option of switching the subs off entirely).


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 Post subject: Re: Shohei Imamura
PostPosted: Wed Oct 07, 2009 5:04 pm 
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med wrote:
Question re: the Animeigo release of Narayama

Was the medium or moderate (or whatever it was called) setting for subtitles a full translation of the dialogue without the annotations?


I think it was, although I only checked it when flipping between the subtitle options over the first annotated scene, and haven't yet watched it through with that setting as a whole yet. There was also a third option that only translated the key words that appeared in the full subtitled version, and all other subtitles were removed. In all credit to Animeigo, the idea of offering annotations for certain phrases and words is rather thoughtful for the semi-comfortable japanese speaker who may not be familiar with archaic words that are used in the films / novels setting but almost forgotten in modern japanese language when choosing to watch the film sans subtitles.

I would imagine the option would be in Black Rain if they deemed it necissary on that basis, though perhaps it will just become their practise from now on. I only have one other Animeigo release, The Battle of Okinawa, and can't remember the annotated subtitles appearing on that disc, though it is an older release and it may be a practise they adopted later.


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 Post subject: Re: Shohei Imamura
PostPosted: Thu Oct 08, 2009 6:09 am 
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The three options on the Narayama disc are "full" (dialogue + onscreen text + annotations), "limited" (dialogue only) and "captions only" (onscreen text + annotations). This is standard for Animeigo and has been for awhile -- the Battle of Okinawa disc works the same way. Some of their more recent releases go even further and offer both yellow and white subs, but I think this began after Narayama (which only has yellow). Presumably Black Rain will offer a choice. It seems like an oversight not to provide an option for dialogue and onscreen text sans annotations, but it's not a huge problem.


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 Post subject: Re: Shohei Imamura
PostPosted: Thu Oct 08, 2009 1:29 pm 
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Ah yes, I've just noticed The Battle of Okinawa disc has the same subtitle set up (the full and limited anyway). Apologies for the wrong info, I was working from memory and couldn't remember the subtitles being so in depth.


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 Post subject: Re: Shohei Imamura
PostPosted: Mon Sep 06, 2010 7:49 am 
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Anyone know who the actress is that plays Shima in "Endless Desire"? IMDb isn't helping me out.


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 Post subject: Re: Shohei Imamura
PostPosted: Mon Sep 06, 2010 8:11 am 
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Watanabe Misako


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 Post subject: Re: Shohei Imamura
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Thanks :-)


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 Post subject: Re: Shohei Imamura
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I ran across this by chance and thought I'd post it, even though I'm nowhere near, in case anyone in the St. Louis area is interested:

April 7 - Eijanaika screening at University of Missouri

Isn't Eijanaika a Janus title? I wonder if we could expect it soon... I don't know that a screening like this would be of any consequence in terms of a possible CC release, though.


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 Post subject: Re: Shohei Imamura
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Thanks for the heads up! I will be there.


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 Post subject: Re: Shohei Imamura
PostPosted: Wed Oct 29, 2014 8:39 pm 
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Warm Water Under a Red Bridge is on Hulu Plus now. It's streaming not on Criterion but on Indie Crush. Not sure if former HVE titles will ever get the Criterion treatment but it's interesting that it's resurfaced at all.


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 Post subject: Re: Shohei Imamura
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Which version of Unagi (1997) is the best one to watch, the theatrical version (117 minutes) or the director's cut (134 minutes)?


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 Post subject: Re: Shohei Imamura
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Presumably the director's cut which I believe was the theatrical release in Japan.


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 Post subject: Re: Shohei Imamura
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Definitely the longer version. (I think the Australian DVD release was this longer version).


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