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Shôhei Imamura

Kanzo Senseï (Dr. Akagi)

128' - 1998 - Drama, Comedy - Dialogue: German, Japanese
Director: Shôhei Imamura Composer: Yosuke Yamasuiza With: Akira Emoto, Kumiko Asô, Jacques Gamblin
On the eve of the Japanese surrender in 1945, in a tense war-torn climate, Dr Akagi, the local doctor in a seaside village takes a stand to save his professional integrity. He bands together with his old buddies, a dissolute monk and a nihilistic morphine-addicted surgeon. The naive and somewhat wild Sonoko joins their group and discovers her destiny working with Akagi. She loves the unusual doctor and wants to spend the rest of her life with him. A wounded Dutch soldier arrives on the scene. An escapee from a prisoner of war camps, he completes this little circle of friends. They are all united in their passion to create a microscope powerful enough to discover the cause of hepatitis virus, Akagi's personal quest.

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Shôhei Imamura


Yosuke Yamasuiza


Akira Emoto, Kumiko Asô, Jacques Gamblin


Shôhei Imamura

Director of Photography

Shigeru Komatsubara


Hajime Okayasu


Hisa Ino, Koji Matsuda

More information


German, Japanese

Countries of production

Japan, France




Shôhei Imamura
Stolen Desire (1958), Nishi Ginza Station (1958), Endless Desire (1958), My Second Brother (1959), Pigs and Battleships (1961), The Insect Woman (1963), Intentions of Murder (1964), The Pornographers (1966), A Man Vanishes (1967), Profound Desires of the Gods (1968), History of Postwar Japan as Told by a Bar Hostess (1970), Karayuki-san, the Making of a Prostitute (1975), Vengeance Is Mine (1979), Why Not? (1981), The Ballad of Narayama (1983), Zegen (1987), Black Rain (1989), The Eel (1997), Dr. Akagi (1998), Warm Water Under a Red Bridge (2001), September 11 (2002)

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