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Shohei Imamura

14 September 1926 to 29 May 2006

Idiosyncratic director Imamura found acclaim and controversy in equal measure with Japanese films that won great success internationally. These included a pair of Cannes victories, The Ballad of Narayama (1983) and The Eel (1997). Others include the harrowing post-war tale Black Rain (1989) and Warm Water Under A Bridge (2001).