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EIJANAIKA

Japan, 1981 (MIFF 2007, Shohei Imamura)

Director: Shohei Imamura

EIJANAIKA

“As a spectacle, it's stunning in its dynamism and the last half-hour presents one of the most libidinal depictions of a mass uprising since Eisenstein restaged the storming of the Winter Palace.” - Village Voice An exuberant history lesson, Eijanaika (or ‘Why not!' as the cry translates) depicts a particularly turbulent time in Japanese history leading up to the Meiji Restoration (1867-68). This superb-looking “historical documentary” is epic in every sense, although it takes its vitality from the plight of common people victimised by their own society. It was a multiple nominee and award-winner at the Awards of the Japanese Academy. “I wanted to observe how the masses at the end of the Tokugawa Shogunate, in a kind of uneasy situation that existed today, lived, acted, thought and died while idolising freedom.” - filmmaker Shohei Imamura

D/S Shohei Imamura P Shoichi Ozawa, Jiro Tomoda, Shigemi Sugisaki WS Shochiku Co. Ltd L Japanese w/English subtitles TD 35mm/1981/151mins

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