Man Vanishes / (B&W)

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This box set pays homage to one of the godfathers of Japanese cinema, Shohei Imamura, with a series of long-lost works from his catalogue. First on the bill is A Man Vanishes (1967), an offbeat study of a mysterious businessman named Tadashi who appears to have vanished into thin air; as the picture rolls forward, uncertainties about his life emerge and eventually the veracity of the film itself, as a documentary, becomes uncertain. The remainder of the collection features several more straightforward ...
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Overview

This box set pays homage to one of the godfathers of Japanese cinema, Shohei Imamura, with a series of long-lost works from his catalogue. First on the bill is A Man Vanishes (1967), an offbeat study of a mysterious businessman named Tadashi who appears to have vanished into thin air; as the picture rolls forward, uncertainties about his life emerge and eventually the veracity of the film itself, as a documentary, becomes uncertain. The remainder of the collection features several more straightforward documentaries that Imamura created for Japanese television: In Search of the Unreturned Soldiers in Thailand and In Search of the Unreturned Soldiers in Malaysia each find Imamura undertaking an exhaustive search for Japanese soldiers who have permanently forsaken live in their native country to live in the titular nations; The Pirates of Bubuan finds Imamura, camera-in-hand, exploring sketchy, potentially felonious activity on the oceans just outside of the Philippines. Outlaw-Matsu Comes Home profiles one of the characters from the Malaysia picture, a former spy, as he tries to reassimilate into Japanese society. Finally, Karayuki-san, The Making of a Prostitute studies a Japanese woman who temporarily traveled to Malaysia to "service" Japanese military officers, and ended up making the country her permanent home.
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Special Features

Bonus: five documentaries by Shohei Imamura; All made during a pivotal time in the filmmaker's career from 1967 to 1975 and never before released in the US, these films explore related themes of disappearance and return, and some of the unhealed wounds of the war years; ; Karayuki-san, the Making of a Prostitue (75', color, 1975); Outlaw-Matsu Comes Home (48', color, 1973); The Pirates of Bubuan (46', color, 1972); In Search of the Unreturned Soldiers in Malaysia (45', color, 1971); In Search of the Unreturned Soldiers in Thailand (50', color, 1971); 12-page booklet with an original essay on Imamura's documentary work by Japanese critic Tadao Sato
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/18/2012
  • UPC: 854565001527
  • Source: Icarus Films
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Subtitled / B&W
  • Time: 2:10:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 34,154

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- A Man Vanishes
1. Missing Persons Report [9:09]
2. Paternalism [11:16]
3. Minor Enterprises [4:42]
4. Love Life [12:29]
5. Last Whereabouts [10:41]
6. Drastic Steps [14:34]
7. Sisters [9:09]
8. The Director's Offer [13:41]
9. Suspicions [6:56]
10. The Truth [21:40]
11. Endless Argument [15:03]
Disc #2 -- Karayuki-San, The Making of a Prostitute
1. Chapter 1 [1:15:01]
Disc #3 -- The Pirates of Bubuan/Outlaw-Matsu Comes Home
1. Chapter 1 [46:37]
1. Chapter 1 [47:41]
Disc #4 -- In Search of the Unreturned Soldiers in Malaysia/In Search of the Unreturned Soldiers in Thailand
1. Chapter 1 [50:31]
1. Chapter 1 [44:57]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- A Man Vanishes
   Play Film
   Chapters
   About Icarus Films
Disc #2 -- Karayuki-San, The Making of a Prostitute
   Karayuki-San, The Making of a Prostitute: Play Film
   Karayuki-San, The Making of a Prostitute: Chapters
Disc #3 -- The Pirates of Bubuan/Outlaw-Matsu Comes Home
   The Pirates of Bubuan: Play Film
   The Pirates of Bubuan: Chapters
   Outlaw-Matsu Comes Home: Play Film
   Outlaw-Matsu Comes Home: Chapters
Disc #4 -- In Search of the Unreturned Soldiers in Malaysia/In Search of the Unreturned Soldiers in Thailand
   In Search of the Unreturned Soldiers in Malaysia: Play Film
   In Search of the Unreturned Soldiers in Malaysia: Chapters
   In Search of the Unreturned Soldiers in Thailand: Play Film
   In Search of the Unreturned Soldiers in Thailand: Chapters
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