Ningen Johatsu (A Man Vanishes)
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One of the giants of Japanese cinema, Shohei Imamura (1926-2006),helmed this unique, stylistically groundbreaking picture that erodes the barriers between truth and invention, fact and myth. Initially, we're handed a seemingly straightforward documentary - an investigation into one of many missing persons ases that populate Japan every year. An on-camera commentator informs us that Tadashi, a Japanese businessman, has vanished into thin air and, for all he knows, "may be hiding in a hole somewhere." From there, Imamura and his crew begin to systematically interview those with a… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The explosively provocative film progressively and aggressively blurs distinctions between documentary and fiction."
‑ Ronnie Scheib, Variety
"Remains a primo example that cinema actually traffics in truthiness 24 frames per second."
‑ David Fear, Time Out New York
"The earthiest of Japanese New Wave directors, Shohei Imamura goes fascinatingly meta in this 1967 hybrid of investigative tract and ruminative experiment."
‑ Fernando F. Croce, Slant Magazine
"A part-fact, part-fiction narrative that challenges the very notion of whether true documentary can even exist."
‑ Farran Smith Nehme, New York Post
"Messy experimental pic that starts out as a documentary but changes to fiction."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Here truth is presented as a series of clashing, circular stories, both multi-faceted and theatricalised, while the film's real subject remains forever hidden."
‑ Anton Bitel, Little White Lies
"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."
‑ Manohla Dargis, New York Times
"Even for those who have seen the kind of productions since inspired by this daring experiment, A Man Vanishes should not be missed-or forgotten."
‑ Eric Monder, Film Journal International
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