A Man Vanishes (1967) Image
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  • Summary: (Also known as "Ningen Johatsu") The American premiere of a 1967 documentary by one of Japan's most prominent directors Shohei Imamura which focuses on a seemingly ordinary office worker who was one of the 91,000 Japanese citizens who disappeared in that year. [New York Times]
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  1. Reviewed by: Manohla Dargis
    Nov 14, 2012
    100
    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.
  2. Reviewed by: David Fear
    Nov 14, 2012
    100
    Remains a primo example that cinema actually traffics in truthiness 24 frames per second.
  3. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    Nov 16, 2012
    90
    Imamura's square-framed, black-and-white imagery, in all its various stylistic incarnations, proves as compelling through the docu's myriad detours as in any of his better-known psychological thrillers.
  4. Reviewed by: Fernando F. Croce
    Nov 14, 2012
    75
    The earthiest of Japanese New Wave directors, Shohei Imamura goes fascinatingly meta in this 1967 hybrid of investigative tract and ruminative experiment.
  5. Reviewed by: Farran Smith Nehme
    Nov 15, 2012
    75
    A groundbreaking, highly influential film, A Man Vanishes is a fiercely brilliant piece of work, but it's more intellectual challenge than pleasure.
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