Imamura Shohei

Michael McCaskey mccaskem at
Tue May 30 11:06:13 EDT 2006

Thank you for this information. It is sad to hear, but it is also good to be informed. As it happens, one of my former students just discovered last week that Imamura's "Vengeance is Mine" (Fukushu suru wa ware ni ari, 1979) has recently become available with English subtitles in the UK (Region 2 DVD). It's part of the Masters of Cinema Series, a sort of UK complement to the Criterion Collection, which has some titles not available in the US.

My own great Imamura favorite is Kanzo Sensei ("Dr. Akagi" 1998), for its social conscience, and honest (though maybe a bit extreme) portrayal of the evils of Japanese militarism at the local level.

Michael McCaskey

----- Original Message -----
From: Alex Zahlten <Alex.Zahlten at>
Date: Tuesday, May 30, 2006 4:44 am
Subject: Imamura Shohei

> Newspapers report that Imamura Shohei died today at age 79. Asahi 
> Shinbun has a very brief article on it, and although it is the 
> headline in its internet edition, very little information is given 
> other than the fact itself.
> Alex Zahlten
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