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Program Title: Eijanaika
EASC Code: JE-08
Series Title:
Region/Country: Japan
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: Chinese, English
Subject: Movie & TV Drama
Program Type:
Media Type: DVD
Director: Imamura Shohei
Producer:
Release Date: 1981
Running Time: 151 min.
Color or BW: Color
Program Abstract: This historical epic is Imamura's most ambitious project so far. According to himself, he has conceived the idea of the film for ten years and spent six years in writing and revising the script. The story takes place just during the Keio Era in mid-nineteenth century Japan and tells of a peasant riot conspired by the various politcal factions of the time. "Time Out" magazine has this to say of the film: "Imamura breathes bawdy life into the bones of Japanese history with this mosaic portrait of the political chaos preceding the Imperial Meiji Restoration. A mercenary figures flit through a complex of allegiances and relationships, but as the title translate - echoing the rioters' cries "What the hell!", the canvas is vivid enough to impress the most Eurocentric of spectacles."
Data Entry Date: 12/8/2006