The Pornographers
(Jinruigaku nyumon)

Screening on Film
Directed by Shohei Imamura.
With Shoichi Ozawa, Sumiko Sakamoto.
Japan, 1966, 35mm, color, 128 min.
Japanese with English subtitles.
Print source: Japan Foundation

In this wicked black comedy, harried pornographer Ogata lives with a widow vowed to chastity by the dead husband who she believes has been reincarnated as the voyeuristic carp in her aquarium. While Ogata lusts after the widow's daughter, the widow showers affection on her son. Imamura's camera peeps through windows and around screens as the film proliferates points of view, most famously that of the carp in its tank.

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