Ningen Johatsu (A Man Vanishes) (1967)
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Critic Reviews for Ningen Johatsu (A Man Vanishes)
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.
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...
Beautifully shot and quite tense and gripping at times. Sort of reminiscent of "Close Up" and "F for Fake" but really its own unique film that is worth more than its gimmick.
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