Japanese history through cinema series: Eejanaika

EEJANAIKA Dir. Imamura Shōhei, 1981. 151 mins.

The title of this rarely seen film refers to a millenarian movement of singing, dancing and riotous behaviour that swept the central regions of Japan just before the collapse of the Tokugawa government and the imperial restoration of 1868. It makes the perfect subject for Imamura, considering his long interest with the earthy aspects of Japanese society. Like an ukiyo-e come to life, abounding in humour and eroticism.

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