Eijanaika (film)

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This article is about the film. For religious celebrations, see Ee ja nai ka. For the roller coaster, see Eejanaika (roller coaster). For the song, see Eejanaika (song).
Eijanaika / Why Not?
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DVD cover for Eijanaika (1981)
Directed by Shohei Imamura
Produced by Shohei Imamura
Shoichi Ozawa
Shigemi Sugisaki
Jiro Tomoda
Written by Hisashi Yamauchi
Starring Kaori Momoi
Shigeru Izumiya
Ken Ogata
Shigeru Tsuyuguchi
Masao Kusakari
Yūko Tanaka
Mitsuko Baisho
Music by Shinichirô Ikebe
Cinematography Shinsaku Himeda (as Masahisa Himeda)
Edited by Keiichi Uraoka
Distributed by Imamura Productions, Shochiku Films Ltd., Beverly Pictures (USA)
Release date
March 14, 1981 (Japan); January 8, 1981 (USA)
Running time
151 minutes
Country Japan
Language Japanese

Eijanaika or Why Not? (ええじゃないか Ee ja nai ka?) is a 1981 Japanese film by director Shohei Imamura. It was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1981 Cannes Film Festival.[1]



The film depicts carnivalesque atmosphere summed up by the cry "Ee ja nai ka" ("Why not?") in Japan in 1867 and 1868 in the days leading to the Meiji Restoration. It examines the effects of the political and social upheaval of the time, and culminates in a revelrous march on the Tokyo Imperial Palace, which turns into a massacre. Characteristically, Imamura focuses not on the leaders of the country, but on characters in the lower classes and on the fringes of society.


  • Japanese Academy Awards:
  • Blue Ribbon Awards:
  • Hochi Film Awards:
  • Mainichi Film Concours:
    • Best Sound Recording: Shotaro Yoshida

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  1. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Eijanaika". festival-cannes.com. Archived from the original on 2012-09-30. Retrieved 2009-06-06. 

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