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Ningen Johatsu (A Man Vanishes)

Ningen Johatsu (A Man Vanishes) (1967)

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One of the giants of Japanese cinema, Shohei Imamura (1926-2006),helmed this unique, stylistically groundbreaking picture that erodes the barriers between truth and invention, fact and myth. Initially, we're handed a seemingly straightforward documentary - an investigation into one of many missing persons ases that populate Japan every year. An on-camera commentator informs us that Tadashi, a Japanese businessman, has vanished into thin air and, for all he knows, "may be hiding in a hole

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The explosively provocative film progressively and aggressively blurs distinctions between documentary and fiction.

November 19, 2012 Full Review Source: Variety
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A part-fact, part-fiction narrative that challenges the very notion of whether true documentary can even exist.

November 16, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Post
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Seemingly banal in its conceit, wildly startling in its execution, it tracks a film crew that, like a detective squad, investigates what became of an ordinary man.

November 14, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Remains a primo example that cinema actually traffics in truthiness 24 frames per second.

November 13, 2012 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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Messy experimental pic that starts out as a documentary but changes to fiction.

December 28, 2012 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Even for those who have seen the kind of productions since inspired by this daring experiment, A Man Vanishes should not be missed-or forgotten.

November 15, 2012 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

The earthiest of Japanese New Wave directors, Shohei Imamura goes fascinatingly meta in this 1967 hybrid of investigative tract and ruminative experiment.

November 12, 2012 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Here truth is presented as a series of clashing, circular stories, both multi-faceted and theatricalised, while the film's real subject remains forever hidden.

October 21, 2011 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

Audience Reviews for Ningen Johatsu (A Man Vanishes)

a pretty fascinating experimental film that starts as a documentary and becomes something else. imamura sets out to investigate one of the thousands of missing persons cases that occur in japan each year by interviewing friends, family and co-workers. i can't help having a suspicion he got a bit bored when this line of inquiry seemed to lead nowhere and wanted to inject some drama into the film, leading to something much more interesting...
April 6, 2012
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