One of the most important and complex works by two-time Palme d'Or winning director Shohei Imamura, A MAN VANISHES begins as an investigation into one of the thousands of missing persons cases that occur in Japan each year. The film follows the case of Tadashi, a handsome businessman who has suddenly vanished. Imamura and his crew interview the man's fiancée, Yoshie, who is desperately searching for him, and the filmmaker becomes increasingly involved in her life. But the investigation casts a shadow of doubt over the couple's relationship, Tadashi's business ventures, his relationship with Yoshie's sister, and even the investigating film director, Imamura himself, who may not be what he seems to be.
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.
A mercurial mystery, a vertiginous drama and the very stuff of cinema. --Manohla Dargis, The New York Times
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