The Pornographers

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The Pornographers
Erogotoshitachi yori Jinruigaku nyumon.jpg
VHS video cover of The Pornographers (1966)
Directed by Shohei Imamura
Produced by Jiro Romado
Written by Shohei Imamura
Kōji Numata
Based on Novel by Akiyuki Nosaka
Starring Shōichi Ozawa
Sumiko Sakamoto
Masaomi Kondō
Keiko Sagowa
Music by Toshirō Mayuzumi
Toshirō Kusunoki
Cinematography Shinsaku Himeda
Edited by Matsuo Tanji
Imamura Productions
Distributed by Nikkatsu
Release dates
March 12, 1966 (Japan)
August 1966 (U.S.)
Running time
128 min.
Country Japan
Language Japanese

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 Japan.[1]



  1. ^ Sklar, Robert (2002). Film: An International History of the Medium, Second edition. New York: Harry N. Abrams. ISBN 0-13-034049-9. , p.365.

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