The conventional view of the Japanese – polite, dignified, inscrutable – takes a beating in the films of new wave director Shōhei Imamura, who loved to dig down into the squalid underbelly of his country’s culture.
In Pigs & Battleships a bunch of low-rent yakuzas scent big money in fattening pigs on food scraps filched from the nearby US naval base.
The satire’s less corrosive in his feature debut Stolen Desire, which follows the fortunes of a ninth-rate touring theatre company.
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