Shohei Imamura

Shohei Imamura

Shohei Imamura


Shohei Imamura was a Japanese director. Imamura was the first Japanese director to win two Palme d’Or awards. His eldest son, Daisuke Tangan, is also a screenwriter and director.

Life and era of filmmaking

He first entered the cinema as an assistant director. He collaborated with Yasujiro Ozu in films such as The Tokyo Story and Early Summer and in 1957 wrote the screenplay for one of Yuzu Kawastima’s masterpieces, The Sun in the Last Days of Shogunate.

He made his feature film debut in 1958. Its title was Kidnapped Dream and later directed two unsuccessful films, Endless Desire, and Ginza Nishi Comedy.

Imamura was born into a middle-class family and a doctor in Tokyo. Although he grew up in a middle-class family, the hardships and misery of the Japanese people after World War II forced him to focus his films on the poor and lower classes of his country.

Shohei Imamura won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 1983 for Narayama Ode, and in 1997, he once again won the award jointly with Abbas Kiarostami for his film Cherry Flavor.


Pig and Cruiser (1961)

The Humble Woman (1963)

Killer Intent (1964)

The Complicated Desire of the Lords (1968)

Pre-war Japanese history as told by a waitress (1970)

Vengeance is mine (1979)

Revenge is mine (1980)

Sad Song by Narayama (Narayama Epic) (1982)

Black Rain (1990)

Eel (1997)

Hot water under the red bridge (2001)

Other prizes:

Award for Best Film of the Year from the Japanese Academy

Revenge was mine in 1980

Narayama ode in 1984

Black rain in 1990

Best Director Award from the Japanese Academy

Black rain in 1990

Eel in 1998

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