The atom bomb that detonated over Hiroshima killed thousands of people not only on the stroke but in many years to come with the radioactive black rain that followed the blast. Deprived of hope and joy of life, the radiation sickness patients wait for death, such as 25-year-old girl who longs in vain for a happy married life. —Cannes Film Festival
Shohei Imamura’s ribald, darkly comic films about messy human relationships and coarse, indomitable women repelled early European critics who had grown to cherish the graceful, exotic image of Japan typified by Kenji Mizoguchi films. Yet Imamura remains a critically important director, both as one of the seminal Japanese New Wave directors (along with Nagisa Oshima and Masahiro Shinoda) and as a chronicler of a side of Japan rarely seen in Mizoguchi movies or tourist brochures.
Born in 1926, in Tokyo, Imamura attended the elite elementary and middle schools that normally would have aimed him toward a prestigious university degree and a comfortable career in business or government. His love of theater and loathing of bourgeois presumptions, however, steered him away from a conventional lifestyle. When he failed the entrance exam for the agriculture program at the national university in Hokkaido, he enrolled in a technical school to evade the draft. The day the Pacific War ended… read more
"Just because you manage this pond's water, don't start thinking you own it." This film made me ashamed to be American. Surely we must do everything possible to ensure nothing like this happens again. A hypnotic visual masterpiece. Reminded me of Dodes'ka-den, but more effective. Imamura's caricature-esque characters make the horrors of their surroundings all the more terrible. "When I deeply contemplate the transient nature of human life... I realize that, from beginning to end, life is an impermanent illusion."
Just watched this and it is totally recommended, such a passionate n touching movie.. The extent of pain felt by these "already" hurt people is unbelievable!