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THE UNUSUAL SUBJECTS
8.1
/10
253 Ratings

A MAN VANISHES

Ningen Johatsu | 人間蒸発

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Directed by Shôhei Imamura
Japan, 1967
Documentary
      Japanese
      English

Synopsis

Tadashi, a handsome businessman, has vanished. Imamura and his crew interview the man’s fiancee, Yoshie, who is desperately searching for him, and the filmmaker becomes increasingly involved in her life.

Our take

A fascinating fiction-nonfiction hybrid from the Japanese New Wave’s Shohei Imamura (The Ballad of Narayama), beginning as standard documentary before developing into something far more complex. A self-reflexive meta-mystery that follows an existential and elusive, jagged line of enquiry.

THE UNUSUAL SUBJECTS

Synopsis

Tadashi, a handsome businessman, has vanished. Imamura and his crew interview the man’s fiancee, Yoshie, who is desperately searching for him, and the filmmaker becomes increasingly involved in her life.

Our take

A fascinating fiction-nonfiction hybrid from the Japanese New Wave’s Shohei Imamura (The Ballad of Narayama), beginning as standard documentary before developing into something far more complex. A self-reflexive meta-mystery that follows an existential and elusive, jagged line of enquiry.

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A Man VanishesDirected byShôhei Imamura
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Awards & Festivals

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International Film Festival Rotterdam
1981
Viennale
2003
2007

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