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Japanese 遠雷
Directed by Kichitaro Negishi
Written by Haruiko Arai
Starring Toshiyuki Nagashima
Johnny Okura
Eri Ishida
Cinematography Shouhei Andou
New Century Producers (NCP)
Distributed by ATG
Release date
October 24, 1981
Running time
135 minutes
Country Japan
Language Japanese

Enrai (Japanese: 遠雷?) or Distant Thunder is a 1981 Japanese film directed by Kichitaro Negishi.


Enrai is a low-key study of a farmer, Mitsuo Wada, in 1980s Japan when modernization and urbanization were threatening rural areas. After his father leaves his wife to run off with his mistress, Mitsuo struggles to preserve his livelihood with the help of his mother, grandmother, and his arranged marriage bride, Ayako.



Enrai is based on the 1980 novel of the same name by Wahei Tatematsu. The film, financed by ATG, Nikkatsu, and the smaller Nikkatsu-related company New Century Producers, marked director Negishi's breakthrough into mainstream film after several Roman porno features for Nikkatsu.[1][2] Enrai was released in Japan as a VHS tape by Pioneer LDC (パイオニアLDC?) in July 1998[3] and subsequently as a DVD in February 2008 by Geneon Entertainment (ジェネオン エンタテインメント?).[4]

Awards and nominations[edit]

3rd Yokohama Film Festival[5]

6th Hochi Film Awards[6]


  1. ^ Jacoby, Alexander (2008). A Critical Handbook of Japanese Film Directors. Berkeley: Stone Bridge Press. p. 213. ISBN 978-1-933330-53-2. 
  2. ^ Sharp, Jasper (2008). Behind the Pink Curtain: The Complete History of Japanese Sex Cinema. Guildford: FAB Press. p. 237. ISBN 978-1-903254-54-7. 
  3. ^ "遠雷 (VHS)" (in Japanese). www.amazon.co.jp. Retrieved 2011-11-25.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  4. ^ "遠雷 (DVD)" (in Japanese). www.amazon.co.jp. Retrieved 2011-11-25.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  5. ^ 第3回ヨコハマ映画祭 1981年日本映画個人賞 (in Japanese). Yokohama Film Festival. Retrieved 2010-01-10. 
  6. ^ "Hochi Awards Table" (in Japanese). Cinema Hochi. Retrieved 2011-11-23.  External link in |publisher= (help)

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