Films of Imamura Shohei
Imamura Shohei (1926-2006), a film director inspired by Kurosawa Akira's Rashomon began his film career as an apprentice to Ozu Yasujiro. The focus of Imamura's films is on the lower strata of Japanese society, the successful depiction of which put him in the forefront of the Japanese New Wave. This course will consider several of Imamura's well-known films such as Pigs and Battleships, The Profound Desire of the Gods, Vengeance is Mine, Black Rain, and The Ballad of Narayama.
The focus of the course will be on the director of these films, but we will also compare and contract Imamura to fellow dreictors; closely read ibuse Masuji's Black Rain, which is the basis for Imamura's film adaptation; understand the socio-cultural context of the films; and analyze the works using genre-specific terminology.
No knowledge of Japanese is required; all films are subtitled in English.