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
Jun 25, 1967 Wide
The explosively provocative film progressively and aggressively blurs distinctions between documentary and fiction.
A part-fact, part-fiction narrative that challenges the very notion of whether true documentary can even exist.
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.
Remains a primo example that cinema actually traffics in truthiness 24 frames per second.
Messy experimental pic that starts out as a documentary but changes to fiction.
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.
The earthiest of Japanese New Wave directors, Shohei Imamura goes fascinatingly meta in this 1967 hybrid of investigative tract and ruminative experiment.
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