Ningen Johatsu (A Man Vanishes)
Ningen Johatsu (A Man Vanishes) (1967)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: June 25, 1967
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Ronnie Scheib

The explosively provocative film progressively and aggressively blurs distinctions between documentary and fiction.

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David Fear
Time Out

Remains a primo example that cinema actually traffics in truthiness 24 frames per second.

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Fernando F. Croce
Slant Magazine

The earthiest of Japanese New Wave directors, Shohei Imamura goes fascinatingly meta in this 1967 hybrid of investigative tract and ruminative experiment.

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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post

A part-fact, part-fiction narrative that challenges the very notion of whether true documentary can even exist.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Messy experimental pic that starts out as a documentary but changes to fiction.

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Anton Bitel
Little White Lies

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.

Manohla Dargis
New York Times

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.

Eric Monder
Film Journal International

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 83% Flixster User Reviews
Stella Dallas
a pretty fascinating experimental film that starts as a documentary and becomes something else. imamura sets out to investigate one of the thousands of missing… More