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||Toshirō Mayuzumi
|Edited by||Matsuo Tanji|
|March 12, 1966 (Japan)
August 1966 (U.S.)
The Pornographers is a 1966 Japanese film directed by Shohei Imamura and based on a novel (Erogotoshitachi) 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.
- Shōichi 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 Kondō as Kōichi Matsuda, Haru's Son
- Akira Nishimura as Detective Sanada
- Ichirō Sugai as Shinun Ogata, Subuyan's Father
- Shinichi Nakano as Kabō
- Chōchō 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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