A Man Vanishes

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A Man Vanishes
Directed by Shohei Imamura
Produced by Shohei Imamura
Written by Keiji Hasebe
Shohei Imamura
Starring Yoshie Hayakawa
Shohei Imamura
Shigeru Tsuyuguchi
Music by Toshiro Mayuzumi
Cinematography Kenji Ishiguro
Edited by Matsuo Tanji
Distributed by Art Theatre Guild (Japan) (theatrical), Nikkatsu Corporation (Japan) (theatrical), Toho International Company Inc. (USA), Icarus Films (USA)
Release date
July 8, 1967
Running time
130 min.
Language Japanese

A Man Vanishes (人間蒸発, Ningen Jōhatsu) is a 1967 Japanese film by director Shohei Imamura.


Superficially, it is a documentary about an ordinary man who—like many Japanese every year—disappears without trace, leaving his job and fiancee behind. Imamura, though, takes the narrative in unexpected directions, causing the viewer to question what is reality and what might be fiction.

A Region 0 DVD release in the Masters of Cinema series was issued in October 2011.[1]


  1. ^ "A Man Vanishes (Masters of Cinema)", DVD Video Review, The Digital Fix, 17 January 2012

External links[edit]

  • Ningen Johatsu on IMDb
  • "人間蒸発 (Ningen Johatsu)" (in Japanese). Japanese Movie Database. Retrieved 2007-07-17.