A Man Vanishes- Japanese Film

One lives and learns. I happened to see the listing for this free show of a classic from a Japanese director I had never heard of. And what a movie it turned out to be!

To get the time in perspective, this was the year Vijay Anand was directing Teesri Manzil in India-1967, in which RD Burman made a rocking contribution.

But back to Imamura, the director who made this film.This is both fiction and non-fiction. It is about a man who goes missing, and theories abound over why he went -missing. He had embezzled money from his company, nobody knows why. But paid most of it back, so it's not a strong reason to vanish. He had a girlfriend, or two, and a few friends who he went out with.

A director goes around filming the search with his former girlfriend Yoshie, and in the process, Yoshie discovers her hatred/distrust for her sister who she suspects was having an affair with her missing boyfriend. A "medium" even suggests he was murdered by her sister because she loved him, and couldn't have him!

At the end, there is a twist in which the director basically thumbs his nose at the audience, and says, "this is how life is. We never know what the truth is," and leaves you to cross the 't's and dot the 'i' s. It is also a kind of prediction of TV genres like 'blended reality' shows that have now descended upon us. No one knows what is real and what is fake.

This was screened at Bhau Daji Lad museum in Byculla, and I discovered the place due to this screening. Not bad at all!


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