Re: Shohei Imamura

From: db (email suppressed)
Date: Tue May 30 2006 - 11:43:40 PDT

A darkness spreads over my day today. No new Imamura films. Ever.

One of my favorite directors since seeing Pigs and Battleships and
The Pornographers. Fortunately I was able to attend all of the
Imamura retrospective at the Walter Reade years back, so I've managed
to see at least once some films I may never see again. The monograph
from Canada is an excellent read for those interested. (http://

The article below mentions one Imamura I've never seen:

"Imamura's last work formed part of 11'09"01, a compilation of short
films about events on 11 September 2001."

Anyone seen this compilation?

One of my film fantasies is to see a dedicated compilation of
Imamura's complete output, something that exceeds the extended
Hitchcock box sets.

On a more personal note, I remember discussing favorite directors
with a Japanese friend. When I mentioned Imamura he replied, "you
like the bad boys, David." I could only smile, fully appreciative of
the insight offered. But even if Imamura was one of the "bad boys,"
he was also, IMHO, a film maker full of love and complexity.


On May 30, 2006, at 5:01 AM, Joost Rekveld wrote:

> Imamura died today:

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