Imamura's "The Pornographers" and Japanese Culture
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This paper examines Shohei Imamura's most well-known film outside of Japan, the 1966 film, "The Pornographers." It views the film from the perspective of a series of interlocking journeys through the psyche of the protagonist. The paper suggests that the journey that Imamura's protagonist takes through this often nonlinear narrative structure is what makes the story so compelling, both as a film and as an example of Japanese culture in the middle of the 20th century.
From the Paper:"The closure to Ogata's long and oftentimes nonlinear psychic journey comes when Ogata makes a life-sized "sex doll," at the cost of great time and effort, in a vain hope to cure his (no doubt psychologically-induced) impotence. This is a powerful image in the film, and shows as well as anything else the transformation of the character's inner obsession into outer, material manifestations. On the surface, it seems that Ogata has reached his final destination: in leaving the real world with real women, he continues to suffer from flashbacks and his lifelong isolation and masochistic traumas seem no closer to resolution. Yet he continues to manipulate his appetite for sex, as if Imamura were using Ogata to make the statement that such primal appetites are in fact fundamental and unavoidable. As he drifts out to sea in his boat, the audience must sense a new and final journey has begun."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Hoberman, J. "The Pornographers." Criterion Collection. http://www.criterionco.com/asp/release.asp?id=207&eid=320§ion=essay.
- Kim, Nelson. "Shohei Imamura." Senses of Cinema June 2003. http://www.sensesofcinema.com/contents/directors/03/imamura.html
- "Shohei Imamura." Internet Movie Database. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0408076/.
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