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...
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