Powerfully controversial, enigmatic and surreal, Shohei Imamura’s Japanese New Wave ﬁlm, released in 1966, has since become an underground cult classic. The Berlin Film Society is excited to present this voyeuristic masterpiece in a new, high-deﬁnition digital transfer with English subtitles.
ABOUT THE FILM
THE PORNOGRAPHERS revels in director Shohei Imamura’s eccentricity, matter-of-fact humour and ironic conclusions. The ﬁlm’s protagonist, Subu, is a pornographer, but considers himself more of an entrepreneurial monk. His story intertwines with a wealth of surreal characters, including a grieving woman who believes her late husband was reincarnated as a carp, her bizarre Oedipal son, and her daughter, who is the true object of Subu’s affections. Subu’s tale proves that the madness surrounding him is far more explicit than his unorthodox day job.
More than just a seedy exploration of the underbelly of Japanese society, the ﬁlm examines social constructs, moral ambiguities and the peculiar effects of a repressed society on its visionaries. Defying the controversy once ascribed to it, THE PORNOGRAPHERS proves that the Japanese New Wave was just as powerful as its French Contemporary.