Pigs & Battleships

Youth Rebellion in Japanese Cinema

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In postwar, occupied Japan, Kinta (Hiroyuki Nagato) is a young hustler working for the local Yakuza crime boss. The gang is entering the pig farming business, and Kinta is put in charge of raising the pigs and promised a big bonus when they're sold. However, the police are cracking down on the Yakuza following a recent hit, and Kinta may be expected to take the fall. To make matters worse, Kinta's girlfriend has been sold off as a bride to an American, leaving even his personal life in flux. (Shohei Imamura, Japan, 1961, 108 min.) In Japanese with English subtitles