VHS video cover of The Pornographers (1966)
|Directed by||Shohei Imamura|
|Produced by||Jiro Romado|
|Written by||Shohei Imamura
|Based on||Novel by Akiyuki Nosaka|
|Music by||Toshiro Mayuzumi
|Editing by||Matsuo Tanji|
|Release dates||March 12, 1966 (Japan)
August 1966 (U.S.)
|Running time||128 min.|
The Pornographers is a 1966 Japanese film directed by Shohei Imamura and based on a novel of the same name by Akiyuki Nosaka. Its original Japanese title is Erogotoshitachi yori Jinruigaku nyūmon (エロ事師たちより 人類学入門), which means 'An introduction to anthropology through the pornographers'. It tells the story of porn film-maker Mr. Subuyan Ogata, whose business is under threat from thieves, the government, and his own family.
The film is a dark comic satire, depicting the underbelly of the Japanese post-war economic miracle, in this case pornographers and small-time gangsters in Osaka. It has been called Imamura's best-known film outside of Japan.
- Shoichi Ozawa as Subuyan Ogata
- Sumiko Sakamoto as Haru Matsuda
- Keiko Sagawa as Keiko Matsuda, Haru's Daughter
- Haruo Tanaka as Banteki
- Ganjirō Nakamura as Elderly Executive From Hakucho Company
- Masaomi Kondo as Koichi Matsuda, Haru's Son
- Akira Nishimura as Detective Sanada
- Ichiro Sugai as Shinun Ogata, Subuyan's Father
- Shinichi Nakano as Kabo
- Chocho Miyako as The Virgin House Madame
- Kazuo Kitamura as The Doctor
- Sklar, Robert (2002). Film: An International History of the Medium, Second edition. New York: Harry N. Abrams. ISBN 0-13-034049-9., p.365.
- The Pornographers at the Internet Movie Database
- The Pornographers at allmovie
- Hoberman, J. The Pornographers Criterion Collection essay, 4 August 2003
- "エロ事師たちより 人類学入門 (Erogotoshitachi yori Jinruigaku nyumon)" (in Japanese). Japanese Movie Database. Retrieved 2007-07-17.
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