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Eijanaika

1981 2h 31m Drama List
Reviews 77% Audience Score 250+ Ratings
In 1867 Japan at the end of the shogunate, the samurai and nobles struggle to retain dominance, while the peasants begin a rise to power. Read More Read Less

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Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews Too long, with too many characters and subplots to easily follow, but a compelling 19th century period Japanese history film. Rated: B- Jun 26, 2022 Full Review Read all reviews

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Audience Member epic and thrilling in the style Imamura made how own way back then, with stunning cinematography and intense performances. sad to see how forgotten this great director's work now is Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/25/23 Full Review Audience Member A fully-realized period piece that doesn't really adhere to any kind of genre-specific code of conduct. Granted, the nature of Shohei Imamura's ("Black Rain" 1989) work makes it a little difficult to ground yourself if you come into it knowing little-to-nothing, but eventually it segues into an awkwardly engrossing account of daily life during the early Meiji era. Equal parts colorful and tragic, this melodrama may suffer from Return-of-the-King syndrome in its last moments, but by that time it has convinced you that staying a few extra minutes won't hurt. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/15/23 Full Review Audience Member A fascinating movie that remains in memory long after viewing. Ken Ogata is great here, as he also was in The Ballad of Narayama and Mishima. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/01/23 Full Review Audience Member June 8, 2007 - Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley A brilliant re-imagining of the Eijanaika ("Who cares?") revolts shortly before the Meji restoration. Imamura is intent on telling a narrative informed by views from "lower part of the human body and the lower part of the social structure." The director's recasting of this pivotal event in Japanese history celebrates the "carnival of revolution" of ordinary people - small-time crooks, prostitutes, and peasants - which increasingly overturns power structures and gender divisions, only to be thwarted by a new ruthlessness and a freshly imported batch of rifles. I am not a historian of 19th-century Japan, but I see this film as a remarkable piece of historical writing. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/17/23 Full Review Audience Member Absolutely absurd yet entirely endearing. If it prompted me to use assonance in the review, then it was worth the two-and-a-half hours it took to watch it. One of the only Imamura films I enjoyed, with a brilliant opening sequence. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/05/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis In 1867 Japan at the end of the shogunate, the samurai and nobles struggle to retain dominance, while the peasants begin a rise to power.
Director
Shôhei Imamura
Producer
Shôhei Imamura, Shôichi Ozawa, Shigemi Sugisaki, Jiro Tomoda
Screenwriter
Shôhei Imamura, Ken Miyamoto
Production Co
Imamura Productions
Genre
Drama
Original Language
English
Runtime
2h 31m