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The Pornographers Review


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Despite the fact that this film is titled The Pornographers, it is most definitely not for the trenchcoat crowd. The film, directed by Japanese master Shohei Imamura, only vaguely alludes to pornography. Instead it is a film about the personal travails of a low-life entrepreneur in Japan who happens to make a living by shooting pornographic films, which we never see.

Subu Ogata (Shoichi Ozawa) is an unscrupulous man who lives with a woman (Sumiko Sakamoto) named Haru and her two children. He earns money and provides for them in the most seemly manner; mostly through making cheap 8mm pornographic films and pimping various "virginal" women to rich Japanese businessmen.

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