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Endless Desire (1958)

Hateshinaki yokubô (original title)
A real gem from Imamura. A very dark crime comedy.

Director:

Shôhei Imamura

Writers:

Shinji Fujiwara (based on the novel by), Shôhei Imamura (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Credited cast:
Hiroyuki Nagato Hiroyuki Nagato ... Satoru
Misako Watanabe Misako Watanabe ... Shima
Kô Nishimura Kô Nishimura ... A pharmacist
Sanae Nakahara Sanae Nakahara ... Ryuko
Taiji Tonoyama ... Ramen shop owner
Takeshi Katô Takeshi Katô ... Brutal yakuza
Ichirô Sugai ... Kinzo Onoyu
Chieko Misaki Chieko Misaki ... Kiyo
Shôichi Ozawa Shôichi Ozawa ... A teacher
Reiji Akitsu Reiji Akitsu ... Detective
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Shinsuke Ashida Shinsuke Ashida
Nobuo Kawakami Nobuo Kawakami
Kaku Takashina Kaku Takashina
Shuntarô Tamamura Shuntarô Tamamura
Makiko Tsunoda Makiko Tsunoda
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On August 15, ten years after the Pacific War, five people meet at a station. Their purpose is to dig out a cache of morphine -- now worth sixty million yen -- that HASHIMOTO, an army medical officer, buried in an air-raid shelter in this city on the day the war ended. The five are: SHIMA, a beautiful woman who claims that she is HASHIMOTO's younger sister and that her brother is dead; NAKADA, a pharmacist; ONUMA, who owns a Chinese restaurant; YAMAMOTO, a thug; and SAWAI, who says he is a junior high school teacher. But HASHIMOTO originally had only three accomplices -- and hid the morphine late at night, so they did not know each other's identities. There is one person too many in the group, but they do not know whom. A butcher shop now stands over the old air-raid shelter. The five decide to rent a vacant house across the street, and dig a tunnel to the butcher shop. They set up a phony real estate office in the house, which the landlord has rented to them under the condition that ... Written by Nikkatsu

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

18 November 1958 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Bezkresne pozadanie See more »

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Nikkatsu See more »
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Mono

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2.35 : 1
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An endlessly disappointing film from a great director.
19 May 2019 | by bkmontgomery-83862See all my reviews

This movie, which borrows the basic scenario from an obscure 1930's film staring Edward G Robinson. It attempts to be a screwball comedy, a noir, a will-they-won't-they romance and a drama. It fails to be satisfying in any of those categories.

The majority of the first hour left me bored, which is the worst sin in cinema. The movie picked up towards the end and became more enjoyable.

Would I judge this movie more lightly if it was by a lesser director? Probably, but I still wouldn't enjoy it. If you haven't seen an Imamura flick, check out The Pigs and Battleships instead.


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