1998. Japan/France. Shohei Imamura. 129 min.
Monday, September 8, 2008, 6:15 p.m.
Theater 2 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2), T2
1998. Japan/France. Directed by Shohei Imamura. Screenplay by Imamura, Daisuke Tengan. Music by Yosuke Yamashita. With Akira Emoto, Kumiko Aso, Juro Kara. Imamura's unforgettable, late-period masterpiece mixes sobering realism, bawdy farce, and fantasy to evoke the waning days of World War II in a Japanese fishing village. Imamura offers a complex microcosm of Japanese society—its isolationism and nationalism at odds with a passion for western culture—that is reflected in Yamashita's score, with its blend of big-band swing and free jazz. In Japanese, German; English subtitles. 129 min.