Special Series

The Pornographers


Directed by: Shohei Imamura
1966 / 128 minutes / Strictly 18+

Based on the novel "The Pornographers" by Akiyuki Nosaka

Screened as part of the JFF Classics 2018.

Even though pornographic filmmaker Subu is constantly threatened by the police and local gangsters, he still sees his work as a drop of sunshine in a repressed society. He hustles to stay alive in Japan’s supposed post-war economic miracle while supporting his lover Haru and her children, who never seem to appreciate his help.

Haru became widowed early in her married life. Since then, she’s always kept Subu by her side, despite a guilty conscience that’s holding on to the memory of her deceased husband. However, Haru doesn’t know that Subu harbours a secret desire for her daughter.

Darkly humorous and satirical, Imamura’s comical treatment of social taboos shocked audiences in 1966 and its discourse remains fresh even in 2018. Based on the novel of the same title by Akiyuki Nosaka, Imamura’s The Pornographers was truly way ahead of its time.

Free JFF Classics film

Advanced booking is not available for the Art Gallery of NSW screenings. Tickets are handed out at the Domain Theatre, 1 hour prior to the screening.
Audience warning: Contains strong themes.

Wednesday 3rd October

Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney

Saturday 6th October

Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney

Monday 26th November

ACMI, Melbourne

Screens in: Sydney and Melbourne

Director: Shohei Imamura

Original Story: Akiyuki Nosaka

Screenplay: Shohei Imamura and Koji Numata

Producer: Shohei Imamura, Jiro Tomoda and Kazuya Yamamoto

Cast: Shoichi Ozawa, Sumiko Sakamoto, Masaomi Kondo, Keiko Sagawa and Haruo Tanaka

Genre: Special Series

Format: 35mm b&w