Dr. Akagi (1998)
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Following up on his acclaimed and Cannes Grand Prix-winning Unagi, veteran iconoclast Shohei Imamura directs this gleefully ragged tale about one very dedicated, though defiantly eccentric, doctor during the waning days of the Second World War. Dr. Akagi (Akira Emoto) is a small-town physician who sports a prim white suit and straw hat as he runs at full gallop from one case to the next. His diagnosis is always the same no matter the symptom: hepatitis. Along the way, he enlists the help of a
Sep 28, 1998 Wide
Jan 14, 2003
Accomplished at expressing the complexities of human nature and emotions, Imamura has captured a sense of timelessness to the extent that we all but forget the time and place.
As lively, irreverent, and bizarrely cheerful as any of Imamura's previous low-life sagas.
Confirms for anyone who saw The Eel that here is one of world cinema's great humanists.
It does make [Imamura], in his mid-70's, arguably the youngest-hearted filmmaker in Japan.
It falls far short of major Imamura works like Vengeance Is Mine and The Ballad of Narayama.
Shohei Imamura is a talented director who has a fondness for anti-authoritarian characters who march to the beat of their own drummer.
A strange farcical comedy results, that is often brilliant and at other times too messy to follow in all the cloudy trails it leads to.
Sheer pleasure to watch, Inamura's film is a smallish work about the complexities inherent in simple people dealing with their own epic emotions.
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