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Dr. Akagi (1998)

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Original title: Kanzo sensei

Release Date
• USA: Sep 28, 1998

Running Time
2 hours, 8 minutes

Country Japan, France

Studio Catherine Dussart Productions, Comme des Cinemas, Imamura Productions, Kadokawa Shoten Publishing Company, Toei Company, Tohokushinsha Film Co.

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• Dr. Akagi
• Kanzo sensei

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Genre: Drama, Doctor, Black Comedy, World War II, Period Piece, Prostitution

Plot: In a remote island village during World War II, the maniacally dedicated Dr. Akagi is known as Dr. Liver because of his tireless efforts to combat hepatitis. However, the Japanese government is reluctant to support his attempts to find a cure because it is busy wasting resources trying to win an unwinnable war. Joined by a Buddhist priest, a morphine-addicted surgeon, a Dutch POW, and a former prostitute who falls in love with him, Akagi comically runs from house call to house call in a race to find a cure on his own. The film is adapted from the novel DOCTOR LIVER by Ango Sakaguchi. Director Shohei Imamura worked on the script with his son Daisuke Imamura, who writes under the name Daisuke Tengan. The film includes several beautiful surrealistic touches, including a battle with a whale that recalls Herman Melville's classic novel MOBY-DICK. In the end, hepatitis turns out to be Akagi's own white whale, deforming his personal relationships and making him forget his primary mission as a physician.

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 Directed by
Shohei Imamura
The Eel, Ballad of Narayama, Akai hashi no shita no nurui mizu
 Written by
Shohei Imamura
The Eel, Ballad of Narayama, Akai hashi no shita no nurui mizu
Akira Emoto
Zatoichi, Shall We Dance?, The Eel
Kumiko Aso
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Jacques Gamblin
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Keiko Matsuzaka
The Happiness of the Katakuris, Sakuya: Slayer of Demons, Toh sik
Misa Shimizu
Shall We Dance?, The Eel, Akai hashi no shita no nurui mizu
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