Pigs and Battleships by Imamura

A major influence on the early Scorcese, Imamura’s use of freeze-frame and slow-motion and his realism and empahasis on violence can be seen in this clip from Pigs and Battleships.

Shôhei Imamura

is one of the masters of post-WWII Japanese cinema. His exploration of the ‘baser’ side of human nature has yielded an arresting body of work that every student of film should take note of. Those who are fans of the cinema of Martin Scorcese will perhaps recognise strong thematic resemblances between Casino and The Profound Desire of the Gods.

There is a stillness that Imamura brings to some of his frames that infuse the story with greater mystery and depth while the cinematography in his films is often outstanding.


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