Rent Pigs and Battleships / Stolen Desire (1961)

3.8 of 5 from 55 ratings
3h 21min
Rent Pigs and Battleships / Stolen Desire (aka Buta to gunkan / Nusumareta yokujô) Online DVD & Blu-ray Rental
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Synopsis:
Imamura finally answered his true calling as Japanese cinema's most dedicated and brilliant chronicler of society's underbelly with the astonishing 'Pigs and Battleships' (Buta togunkan). A riotous portrait of sub-Yakuza gangsters battling for control of the local pork business in the U.S. Navy-occupied coastal town of Yokosuka, Imamura conjures a chaotic world of petty thugs, young love, tough-headed women, and underworld hypochondria, with one of the most unforgettable climaxes ever filmed. 'Pigs and Battleships' immediately became a cornerstone of the Japanese New Wave and remains perhaps Imamura's most well known work.
The Masters oi Cinema Series is proud to present the film on its 50th anniversary in a Dual Format edition, alongside Imamura's rarely seen 1958 debut, 'Stolen Desire'.
Actors:
, , , , , , , , Hideo Sato, , , , , , , , , , Hyosuke Kobe, Takeo Yazu
Directors:
Producers:
Kazu Ôtsuka, Kano Otsuka
Writers:
Gisashi Yamauchi, Hisashi Yamauchi, Kazu Ôtsuka, Tôkô Kon, Toshiro Suzuki
Aka:
Buta to gunkan / Nusumareta yokujô
Studio:
Eureka
Genres:
Classics, Comedy, Drama
Countries:
Japan, Classics, Comedy, Drama
BBFC:
Release Date:
27/06/2011
Run Time:
201 minutes
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.35:1
Colour:
B & W
Languages:
Japanese
Subtitles:
English
Bonus:
  • Stolen Desire (Nusumareta yokujo) (1958), Imamura's debut feature for Nikkatsu in a new progressive transfer (93 minutes)
BBFC:
Release Date:
27/06/2011
Run Time:
201 minutes
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.35:1
Colour:
B & W
Languages:
Japanese
Subtitles:
English
Bonus:
  • Stolen Desire (Nusumareta yokujo) (1958), Imamura's debut feature for Nikkatsu in a new progressive transfer (93 minutes)

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Serious, gritty comedy - Pigs and Battleships / Stolen Desire review by AP

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I thought I wasn't going to enjoy 'Pigs and Battleships' - I don't like people being nasty or cruel to each other when the setting is believably realistic, which this movie is. Set in a Japanese port, presumably in 1960 when the film was made, it presents the story of Kinta, a small-time hoodlum/yakuza, and his girlfriend, Haruko, who works in a small bar in the redlight district servicing American sailors. Kinta's gang have a small business looking after the pigs that they sell to the US Navy through a 'big boss' who is Chinese Mr Chen who has a deal going with Mr Sakiyama, a Japanese American. It's a world where everyone knows the 'price of everything and the value of nothing'. This beastliness, however, is not allowed to dominate the film: sure, it's there in everything - the violence, the sexual exploitation, the thieving, the debt, the rape, the murder, abortion - but we are allowed to laugh at these unhappy people as well, even if the laughter is uneasy. Kinta makes a mistake and his gang leader beats him up with reluctant determination; that leader thinks he has cancer, but Kinta stole the wrong X-ray and it's only an ulcer; a shoot up is something the yakuza are not very brave about, and the police clearly have an understanding with them. Haruko, Kinta's father and the gang leader's factory-worker brother are the moral heart of the film: each knows what is right, and Haruko escapes to her uncle in Kawasaki, where we hope a better life lies for her. The piece is energetic and emotive and I enjoyed it.

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