Radical film in scope, technique, and aesthetic, A MAN VANISHES distills many of Imamura's central themes and obsessions, the film culminating a stunning sequence that explodes any stable sense of fiction and reality.
This box set also includes 5 documentaries by Shohei Imamura:
In Search of the Unreturned Soldiers in Malaysia (45 min.) In Search of the Unreturned Soldiers in Thailand (50 min.) The Pirates of Bubuan (46 min.) Outlaw-Matsu Comes Home (48 min.) Karayuki-San, the Making of a Prostitute (75 min.)
All for the first time on DVD in the US!
In Japanese with English subtitles.
Not merely a great filmmaker, but one of the greatest artists in the history of cinema. --John Harkness, Now Magazine
In a coup de cinéma that has been equaled only by Abbas Kiarostami's Close-Up , Imamura transforms fact into artifice, being into acting, personal identity into a tenuous fabrication. --James Quandt, in the book Shohei Imamura